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A Paralympian’s long journey to Tokyo

In 2012, Sophie Carrigill was a complete beginner at wheelchair basketball. Now she’s going...

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The Plymouth attack and misogynist ‘incel’ culture

The man who killed five people in south-west England last week was part of a hateful online...

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How the pandemic exposed the crisis in children’s social care

Children’s services have reached breaking point in some areas as family breakdown and a...

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How the Taliban took Afghanistan

The departure of US forces was followed by a rout of Afghan government forces. Now, after 20...

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After ICU: a Covid patient meets one of the doctors who saved his life

Karl Gray, a 60-year-old Salvation Army minister from north London is reunited with Dr Susan...

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The fall of Andrew Cuomo

The New York governor Andrew Cuomo resigned this week after 11 women came forward with sexual...

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Has the Delta variant derailed Australia’s zero-Covid strategy?

Australia appeared to be a model case for how to control the spread of Covid-19, but the arrival...

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Scientists issue a climate code red

A major UN scientific report has concluded global heating is now irreversible and it is...

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Israel’s shadow war with Iran

A spate of attacks on one of the world’s busiest shipping trade routes is part of an...

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In search of answers about miscarriage

When journalist Jennie Agg suffered four miscarriages, she set out to better understand what is...

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Racism, policing and austerity: have lessons been learned since England’s 2011 riots?

This week marks a decade since the riots that swept across England in August 2011. But has enough...

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Why a Belarusian Olympic sprinter refused to fly home

The Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya flew out of Tokyo on Wednesday to begin a...

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How Simone Biles changed gymnastics – on and off the mat

US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles changed what fans of the sport thought was physically...

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Are plans to change the Official Secrets Act a threat to journalism?

Plans to update and expand the Official Secrets Act have been attacked as a ‘licence for...

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Why did Unesco drop Liverpool from its heritage list?

The city has become one of the few places to have been dropped from the UN body’s global...

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How we all got hooked on caffeine

It’s the world’s most widely used psychoactive drug, it disrupts our sleep, it makes...

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The lobbying push that killed off a fight to save the Great Barrier Reef

The successful campaign to keep the Great Barrier Reef off Unesco’s ‘in danger’...

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The Republican backlash in Joe Biden’s America

It might seem like a post-Trump world, but in red states across the US his most hardline...

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The pandemic enters a new phase – podcast

Freedom day, vaccine passports, a row over the ‘pingdemic’, and then a welcome drop...

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The authority gap: why women still aren’t taken seriously

When journalist Mary Ann Sieghart set out to document the ways that women are held back by a...

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