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Joe Biden: ‘a default president at the helm of a middling administration’
Joe Biden
In Brief

Joe Biden: ‘a default president at the helm of a middling administration’

He was supposed to deliver ‘a return to presidential normalcy’, but Biden’s administration is already struggling
17 Sep 2021
The weirdest things Brits do in the bathroom
A toilet roll
Tall Tales

The weirdest things Brits do in the bathroom

And other stories from the stranger side of life
17 Sep 2021
Brazil election: is Jair Bolsonaro preparing to stage a coup?
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro speaks to supporters during a demonstration on Brazil's Independence Day on 7 September 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
In Brief

Brazil election: is Jair Bolsonaro preparing to stage a coup?

Opposition candidate now ‘clear favourite’ to win, but Bolsonaro’s behaviour is still cause for alarm
16 Sep 2021
Aukus: the new security pact between UK, US and Australia explained
Joe Biden announces Aukus pact
Getting to grips with . . .

Aukus: the new security pact between UK, US and Australia explained

The deal to counter China will allow Australia to build nuclear submarines for the first time
16 Sep 2021
Al-Qaeda rebuilding to plan US attacks within ‘two years’
A Taliban fighter stands guard at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul
In Depth

Al-Qaeda rebuilding to plan US attacks within ‘two years’

Terror group is recovering after occupation and drone attacks diminished its threat
16 Sep 2021
How Asia’s leaders triggered the world’s most rapid arms race
A 2015 military parade in Beijing, China
In Depth

How Asia’s leaders triggered the world’s most rapid arms race

North Korea dominates headlines but neighbouring nations are also stockpiling arms
16 Sep 2021
Trump mocked for ‘laughably childish’ Pence insult
Donald Trump
Tall Tales

Trump mocked for ‘laughably childish’ Pence insult

And other stories from the stranger side of life
16 Sep 2021
India facing US pressure to restart vaccine exports
A man receives his Covid-19 vaccine in New Delhi, India
Between the lines

India facing US pressure to restart vaccine exports

Narendra Modi facing calls from Joe Biden to provide much-needed jabs to developing countries
15 Sep 2021
Chris Whitty takes on rap star Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj and Chris Whitty
Why we’re talking about . . .

Chris Whitty takes on rap star Nicki Minaj

Unlikely face-off sparked by her tweets questioning safety of Covid-19 vaccine
15 Sep 2021
What Merkel’s departure means for the EU
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
In Depth

What Merkel’s departure means for the EU

Survey suggests Europeans want German chancellor’s replacement to ditch consensus-building approach
15 Sep 2021
Scientists to ‘resurrect’ woolly mammoths
A woolly mammoth
Tall Tales

Scientists to ‘resurrect’ woolly mammoths

And other stories from the stranger side of life
15 Sep 2021
Canadian Conservatives ‘learning from Johnson’ to defeat Trudeau
Canadian Conservative leader Erin O’Toole
Behind the scenes

Canadian Conservatives ‘learning from Johnson’ to defeat Trudeau

Erin O’Toole drafts in architects of UK PM’s 2019 win as battle with Liberals goes to the wire
14 Sep 2021
The definitions of pandemic, epidemic and endemic
Coronavirus in Iran
In Depth

The definitions of pandemic, epidemic and endemic

UK transition from coronavirus pandemic to endemic dependent on vaccine, says minister
14 Sep 2021
Afghan brain drain: ‘best and brightest’ flee Taliban rule
A Taliban fighter watches over a protest led by Afghan women in Kabul
In Depth

Afghan brain drain: ‘best and brightest’ flee Taliban rule

Insurgents struggling to stop exodus of highly educated and skilled workers ‘needed to make the country governable’
14 Sep 2021
UFO ‘hovered over prison and left inmates with red rash’
A flying saucer
Tall Tales

UFO ‘hovered over prison and left inmates with red rash’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
14 Sep 2021
Will Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate help the US beat Covid?
Joe Biden
In Depth

Will Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate help the US beat Covid?

President getting both ‘praise and pushback’ over mandatory jabs
13 Sep 2021
What we know about North Korea’s long-range cruise missile test
A North Korean missile test in 2019
Fact file

What we know about North Korea’s long-range cruise missile test

US says the weapon may have nuclear capabilities and poses ‘threats’ to neighbouring nations
13 Sep 2021
Penguins ‘might be aliens’
Penguins
Tall Tales

Penguins ‘might be aliens’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
13 Sep 2021
Michel Barnier: from Europhile Brexit negotiator to Eurosceptic presidential candidate
Michel Barnier
Profile

Michel Barnier: from Europhile Brexit negotiator to Eurosceptic presidential candidate

Ex-colleagues ‘stunned’ by former EU hardliner’s pitch to replace Emmanuel Macron as French leader
10 Sep 2021
Quiz of The Week: 4 - 10 September
Boris Johnson
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 4 - 10 September

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
10 Sep 2021
America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: a retreat into isolationism?
President Biden
In Brief

America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: a retreat into isolationism?

‘In his selfish unilateralism’, Biden is no better than Trump, said The Daily Telegraph
10 Sep 2021
9/11 timeline: how events unfolded
George W. Bush speaks to Vice President Dick Cheney on board Air Force One
In Depth

9/11 timeline: how events unfolded

This weekend marks 20 years since the deadliest terror attack in history
10 Sep 2021
Abba returns: how the Swedish supergroup and their ‘Abba-tars’ are taking a chance on a reunion
Abba on stage
In Brief

Abba returns: how the Swedish supergroup and their ‘Abba-tars’ are taking a chance on a reunion

From next May, digital avatars of the foursome will be performing concerts in east London
10 Sep 2021
China’s war on celebrity: the Cultural Revolution 2.0?
Zhao Wei
In Brief

China’s war on celebrity: the Cultural Revolution 2.0?

Last week, the Chinese Communist Party published a diatribe against ‘popular celebrities’ who bring ‘chaos to the internet’
10 Sep 2021
Defining images of the 9/11 attacks
The South Tower of the World Trade Center is hit by the second hijacked plane
In pictures

Defining images of the 9/11 attacks

Marking 20th anniversary of deadliest terror atrocity on US soil
10 Sep 2021
The man tasked with putting a price on 9/11’s lost lives
Kenneth Feinberg at a Congressional hearing
Profile

The man tasked with putting a price on 9/11’s lost lives

US attorney had ‘unthinkable’ job of distributing compensation fund to victims and families
10 Sep 2021
Trump ‘would knock out Biden in a few seconds’
Donald Trump leaving the White House
Tall Tales

Trump ‘would knock out Biden in a few seconds’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
10 Sep 2021
‘Not an easily likeable object’: what the critics are saying about the Humboldt Forum
The Humboldt Forum
In Review

‘Not an easily likeable object’: what the critics are saying about the Humboldt Forum

The ���massive’ €800m museum complex is designed to house Berlin’s vast holdings of non-European art
9 Sep 2021
Texas’s abortion law: the Republicans get their way, at last
Protesters hold up signs at a protest outside the Texas state capitol on 29 May 2021
In Brief

Texas’s abortion law: the Republicans get their way, at last

SB8 authorises private citizens to sue anyone who performs, ‘aids or abets’ an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy
9 Sep 2021
French furious over Patel plan to turn back Channel migrants
Priti Patel greets Afghan refugees at Heathrow Airport
The latest on . . .

French furious over Patel plan to turn back Channel migrants

Home secretary warned threat could have ‘negative impact on our co-operation’
9 Sep 2021
Everything we know about the deadly North Macedonia hospital fire
Firefighters and police attend the scene in Tetovo, North Macedonia
Getting to grips with . . .

Everything we know about the deadly North Macedonia hospital fire

At least 10 people dead following blaze at temporary medical facility
9 Sep 2021
‘Your proposals are whack’ — council’s ‘joke’ planning verdicts prove costly
A computer keyboard
Tall Tales

‘Your proposals are whack’ — council’s ‘joke’ planning verdicts prove costly

And other stories from the stranger side of life
9 Sep 2021
New Zealand retreats from plan to open borders
Arrivals at Auckland airport
The latest on . . .

New Zealand retreats from plan to open borders

Minister leading Covid response questions wisdom of move in current ‘Delta environment’
8 Sep 2021
Solar storm could cause ‘internet apocalypse’
A computer
Tall Tales

Solar storm could cause ‘internet apocalypse’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
8 Sep 2021
The Palestinian prisoners who escaped high security jail through the toilet
Israeli prison officers conduct a search after the break-out
Why we’re talking about . . .

The Palestinian prisoners who escaped high security jail through the toilet

Getaway hailed by Palestinian factions but described as ‘a grave incident’ by Israeli PM Naftali Bennett
7 Sep 2021
Explained: why Rome is sinking
A sinkhole swallows cars in Rome in 2018
In Depth

Explained: why Rome is sinking

Italian capital has been declared the ‘sinkhole capital of Europe’
7 Sep 2021
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