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It’s a timely warning World News In Brief: UN rights chief on Bangladesh protests, alarm over Gershkovich sentence, Afghanistan floods latest, decriminalising LGBT laws Guatemala: UN rights chief concerned over polarization, inequality, racism Massive IT outage spotlights major vulnerabilities in the global information ecosystem The life of Aristides de Sousa Mendes: an example for us all All eyes on proposed AU probe in Sudan ICJ opinion declaring Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories unlawful is historic vindication of Palestinians’ rights Bangladesh: Government must urgently halt mounting death toll of protestors Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech to parliament listed South Africa’s old problems – but no new solutions The Boys end of season 4 review: the gory superhero-hating show gets political as it sets up for its final season You don’t need a doctor to get more physically active – here are 10 simple steps you can take by yourself Why does plague keep plaguing humans? 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A new draft law could make things even worse The first published results from Juukan Gorge show 47,000 years of Aboriginal heritage was destroyed in mining blast Birdeater starts like a successor to Wake In Fright – but ends up like an episode of Home and Away World Court Reviews 57-Year Israeli Occupation Sportswashing is just about everywhere – but it may be backfiring on the countries that do it The State Library of Victoria controversy shows what can happen when institutions cling to ‘neutrality’ How conspiracy theories polarize society and provoke violence Long COVID puzzle pieces are falling into place – the picture is unsettling Cheeky diet soft drink getting you through the work day? Here’s what that may mean for your health Ethnicity, equality and Pharmac: how the Treaty really guides NZ’s drug-buying policies Why the stinky durian really is the ‘king of all fruits’ Strong progress – from a low base: here’s what’s in NSW’s biodiversity reforms Yes, we are a more equal society than most, but not quite as mobile as the Productivity Commission suggests. Here’s why Want to sleep longer? Adding mini-bursts of exercise to your evening routine can help – new study Friday essay: public ‘pash ons’ and angry dads – personal politics started with consciousness-raising feminists. Now, everyone’s doing it What happens when you pay Year 7 students to do better on NAPLAN? We found out How racialized women can tackle backlash when advocating for change Kafka at 100: Rawi Hage’s brilliant ‘Cockroach’ invited some comparison to ‘The Metamorphosis’ Gaza: US, UK Outliers in Holding Back UNRWA Funding World News In Brief: Bangladesh student protests, Yemen’s maternal deaths, Mandela Day, honouring LGBT rights at EuroGames 2024 Lithuania: ‘Disastrous’ decision to leave convention banning cluster munitions could put civilian lives at risk A delicious history of the apple – from the Tian Sian mountains to supermarket shelves Drones could revolutionise the construction industry, supporting a new UK housing boom Cumbria coal mine shows planning is the next battleground in UK climate policy Why are some people happy when they are dying? How to stop released prisoners reoffending: what the evidence says How published images of a ‘happy couple’ can hurt victims of domestic abuse How the UK’s new government is promising to kickstart the economy – and what it still doesn’t have an answer for Why we find extreme weather so fascinating Ukraine recap: the bleak prospect of a Trump-Vance White House Soccer and religion have more in common than you might think Deported Cameroonian Asylum Seekers Returned to US Former Eswatini Parliamentarians Sentenced to Long Prison Terms Human Rights abuses in CAR detention centres need urgent response: UN experts Peru: Killings and injuries in protests could implicate president and chain of command as criminally responsible Heritage Foundation’s ‘Project 2025’ is just the latest action plan from a group with an over 50-year history of steering GOP lawmaking Kenya’s president dissolved cabinet after popular protests: economist maps out his limited options A Trump-Vance White House could undermine European security – and end up pushing Russia and China closer The HIV epidemic 40 years on: 5 essential reads on breakthroughs, blind spots and new challenges Is your desk job killing your back? 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We find much of it is wasted The CFMEU overhaul won’t do much to end the blokey culture that dominates Australian job sites Canada’s new care worker immigration programs need faster processing times to keep families together World News in Brief: Bangladesh student protests, South Sudan attacks continue, opportunity knocks for climate action in Africa King’s speech 2024: experts explain new government’s plans for workers’ rights, rail nationalisation, housebuilding and more King’s speech lays out plans to reform Britain’s political system: experts react South Africa has a joblessness crisis: fixing it will take fresh thinking to find a game-changer The global food system is owned by an ever smaller number of companies – it’s damaging our health, our communities and the planet Artificial intelligence is poised to radically disrupt the fashion industry landscape A two-way street: Mental health can’t be ignored during work injury recovery Bangladesh: Witness testimony, video and photographic analysis confirm police used unlawful force against protesters Climate change takes toll on internally displaced women in Pakistan George Clooney has urged Biden to quit the presidential race – the Hollywood star is no stranger to political campaigning Some say a shot of olive oil can prevent a hangover – here’s what the science says Acts of Creation: On Art and Motherhood by Hettie Judah celebrates the craft and chaos of mother artists Bigger animals don’t always have the biggest brains relative to body size – new research Gareth Southgate transformed the culture and spirit of the England men’s team – his successor is lucky to inherit this legacy Stroke survivors may be saddled with an invisible disability known as spatial neglect – but a simple treatment offers significant improvement Want to spur your child’s intellectual development? 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