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Are we heading for World War Three?
Ukrainian soldiers patrol on the frontline in Zolote, Ukraine
In Depth

Are we heading for World War Three?

Putin threatens to deploy Russia’s latest intercontinental ballistic missiles by the end of the year
23 Jun 2022
Maradona and the ‘simple homicide’ trial
Diego Maradona pictured in 2019
Why we’re talking about . . .

Maradona and the ‘simple homicide’ trial

Prosecutors claim football legend’s death was result of ‘omissions’ by medics and a psychologist
23 Jun 2022
Fourteen maternity nurses pregnant at same time
Two pregnant women
Tall Tales

Fourteen maternity nurses pregnant at same time

And other stories from the stranger side of life
23 Jun 2022
Snake Island: why ‘speck of land’ in Black Sea is so important
Snake Island
Getting to grips with . . .

Snake Island: why ‘speck of land’ in Black Sea is so important

Tiny Black Sea outpost could hold key to avoiding global food shortage
22 Jun 2022
Putin ‘made Gordon Brown sit in a small chair’
Gordon Brown
Tall Tales

Putin ‘made Gordon Brown sit in a small chair’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
22 Jun 2022
How Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant capsized at sea
The Jumbo Floating Restaurant
Getting to grips with . . .

How Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Restaurant capsized at sea

Three-storey vessel was being moved to an ‘undisclosed shipyard’ for ‘maintenance’
21 Jun 2022
Swimmers face £645 fine for peeing in the sea
A beach in Spain
Tall Tales

Swimmers face £645 fine for peeing in the sea

And other stories from the stranger side of life
21 Jun 2022
Swimming’s governing body bans trans athletes from elite women’s races
A swimmer in training
Talking point

Swimming’s governing body bans trans athletes from elite women’s races

Fina may introduce an ‘open’ category to allow trans swimmers to compete at highest level
20 Jun 2022
Will Britain have to fight Russia?
British troops take part in a Nato exercise
Getting to grips with . . .

Will Britain have to fight Russia?

New chief, Gen Sir Patrick Sanders, says British Army must be capable of winning wars on land
20 Jun 2022
Why far-right extremists co-opt Norse symbolism
A memorial for the shooting victims at Tops grocery store in Buffalo
Expert’s view

Why far-right extremists co-opt Norse symbolism

Payton Gendron’s hate-filled manifesto included Norse symbolism appropriated by the Nazi Party
20 Jun 2022
Colorado town may change name to ‘Kush’
A cannabis plant
Tall Tales

Colorado town may change name to ‘Kush’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
20 Jun 2022
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and a QAnon conspiracy theory
Tom Hanks is seen arriving at The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in New York on June 16, 2022
Why we’re talking about . . .

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and a QAnon conspiracy theory

Rumour the actor has been executed not dampened by incident outside Manhattan restaurant
17 Jun 2022
Is rising crime a wake-up call for the Democrats?
Chesa Boudin campaigning
Global lens

Is rising crime a wake-up call for the Democrats?

Even in Democratic strong­holds, ‘voters are demanding a shift towards policies to combat crime’
17 Jun 2022
How bad could the bear market get?
US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell
Talking point

How bad could the bear market get?

There’s a whiff of panic in the air – and not just in stock markets
17 Jun 2022
Republican says Jesus didn’t have enough rifles to save his life
An actor playing Jesus Christ
Tall Tales

Republican says Jesus didn’t have enough rifles to save his life

And other stories from the stranger side of life
17 Jun 2022
What happened to Dom Phillips?
Dom Phillips in Aldeia Maloca Papiú, Roraima State, Brazil in 2019
In Depth

What happened to Dom Phillips?

British journalist feared dead after fisherman suspect led police to the remains of two men
16 Jun 2022
What is the environmental fallout from the war in Ukraine?
Explosion in the sea
In Depth

What is the environmental fallout from the war in Ukraine?

Russian bombardment of Ukraine has been causing untold ecological damage
16 Jun 2022
Rich countries hoarding smallpox jabs
A vaccination
Unreported world

Rich countries hoarding smallpox jabs

Danish pharma company has doubled its revenue projections as orders flood in
16 Jun 2022
How the Donetsk People’s Republic was formed
A injured woman in Sievierodonetsk
In Depth

How the Donetsk People’s Republic was formed

The breakaway regions have been under the control of pro-Russian separatists since 2014
16 Jun 2022
What was the Black Death and how did it start?
160831-blackdeath.jpg
In Depth

What was the Black Death and how did it start?

New research pinpoints origins of deadly disease to north Kyrgyzstan
16 Jun 2022
Missing cat turns up ten years on
A cat (not Chubbs)
Tall Tales

Missing cat turns up ten years on

And other stories from the stranger side of life
16 Jun 2022
BTS: why the world’s best-selling boy band is splitting up
BTS
Why we’re talking about . . .

BTS: why the world’s best-selling boy band is splitting up

South Korea’s compulsory military service may be a factor in ‘hiatus’
15 Jun 2022
The world’s safest and most dangerous countries
Taliban fighters on the streets of Kabul
In Brief

The world’s safest and most dangerous countries

Ukraine drops down the Global Peace Index as Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the list
15 Jun 2022
Animal-human conflict on the rise in India
Sign warning about elephants crossing
Unreported world

Animal-human conflict on the rise in India

Report says coexistence with wild animals in India is ‘reaching the threshold of tolerance’
15 Jun 2022
Netflix announces Squid Game reality spin-off show
Squid Game
Tall Tales

Netflix announces Squid Game reality spin-off show

And other stories from the stranger side of life
15 Jun 2022
Is it possible for AI to achieve sentience?
Blake Lemoine
Today’s big question

Is it possible for AI to achieve sentience?

Google engineer claims artificial intelligence system displayed a level of consciousness
14 Jun 2022
Rwanda deportations: the legal bids to stop first flight explained
A protester demonstrates against the Home Office’s Rwanda plan
Getting to grips with . . .

Rwanda deportations: the legal bids to stop first flight explained

Blanket legal challenges fail in run-up to take-off but individual asylum-seeker cases have more success
14 Jun 2022
How To Murder Your Husband author sentenced for murdering husband
Fingers typing on a keyboard
Tall Tales

How To Murder Your Husband author sentenced for murdering husband

And other stories from the stranger side of life
14 Jun 2022
NI Protocol: who wants what?
Unionists vehemently opposed the Northern Ireland Protocol
Behind the scenes

NI Protocol: who wants what?

Battle lines drawn as UK government prepares to unveil controversial plans to override key Brexit provision
13 Jun 2022
What would happen if China invaded Taiwan?
Chinese troops on mobile rocket launchers during a parade in Beijing
Fact file

What would happen if China invaded Taiwan?

Beijing warns that it will ‘fight at all costs’ if anyone ‘dares to secede Taiwan’
13 Jun 2022
How Ukraine and Russia are both breaking the law on prisoners of war
A Ukrainian soldier walks through a destroyed barn in Zaporizhzhia
Expert’s view

How Ukraine and Russia are both breaking the law on prisoners of war

Security expert analyses the treatment of POWs by both sides in the Ukraine conflict
13 Jun 2022
Santa Claus and Sarah Palin contest Alaska seat
Sarah Palin delivering a speech
Tall Tales

Santa Claus and Sarah Palin contest Alaska seat

And other stories from the stranger side of life
13 Jun 2022
What is Donald Trump doing now?
Donald Trump
In Depth

What is Donald Trump doing now?

Ex-president lashes out at Capitol riot hearing, declaring the committee to be ‘political hacks’
12 Jun 2022
Why two Britons were sentenced to death in Ukraine
Aslin and Pinner in court
Behind the scenes

Why two Britons were sentenced to death in Ukraine

Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner face death penalty after their conviction in a breakaway court
10 Jun 2022
Can anything stop a nuclear bomb?
Nuclear weapons
In Depth

Can anything stop a nuclear bomb?

Halting an atomic weapon is theoretically possible, say experts, but in reality is an enormous challenge
10 Jun 2022
Alcohol pricing, #JordanToo and coastal retreat
alcohol-pricing.jpg
Podcasts

Alcohol pricing, #JordanToo and coastal retreat

Has Scotland’s minimum drink price failed? Has Jordan reached a tipping point for women’s rights? And will seaside towns be abandoned to the waves?
10 Jun 2022
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