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Polish-Taiwanese cultural bridges: An interview with translator Wei-Yun Lin-Górecka Mauritania: First round of presidential elections on June 29, 2024 Mauritania: Khally Diallo analyzes June 29 presidential elections Albanese told Chinese premier that officials’ behaviour towards Cheng Lei was ‘unacceptable’ and ‘not appropriate’ For the next prime minister to solve the UK’s productivity problem, they must attract more foreign investment – here’s how The modern world’s relationship to time is broken – and it’s fuelling the rise of the far right The Chemist Warehouse deal is a sideshow: pharmacies are ripe for bigger disruption Thailand: Passing of marriage equality bill a triumphant moment for LGBTI rights Slovakia: Draconian bill restricting right to protest must be redrawn Polish-Taiwanese cultural bridges: An interview with translator Lin Wei-Yun Górecka Humour can make you a better workplace leader, if you use it properly – here’s how What is cervical cancer and how can it be prevented? Answers to key questions Bird strike: what happens when a plane collides with a bird? Albanese government raises ‘concern’ over treatment of journalist Cheng Lei with Chinese embassy High fliers: pleasure-seeking parrots are using aromatic plants, stinky ants and alcohol The troubling connections between ‘politically exposed persons’ and Chinese companies within Ghana's fisheries sector The world no longer needs new fossil fuels – and the UK could lead the way in making them taboo Give Chaucer a chance! Why ‘dead white men’ can still be relevant in NZ’s classrooms ABC’s new series Ladies in Black gives us vintage fashions and feminist anthems Curious Kids: why do you get pins and needles in your legs when you sit on them? Mothers have long been absent from dystopian stories. ‘Maternal cli-fi’ is changing the narrative Mealtimes can be tough when your child is autistic or has ADHD. Here are 5 tips to try Some of Earth’s most ancient lifeforms can live on hydrogen – and we can learn from their chemical powers Big batteries are solving a longstanding problem with solar power in California. Can they do the same for Australia? What you should know before you start chasing bargains at the EOFY sales South Australia’s plan to ban political donations raises big risks as well as benefits The death of a child with a disability at an Ontario school urgently calls for government action A byelection to watch: What the Toronto-St. Paul’s vote means for Justin Trudeau Cancer is affecting more young people than ever before: How health care can learn to meet their needs International Criminal Court Members Speak Out The free trade myth: how the US manipulates global markets for economic supremacy The world no longer needs fossil fuels – and the UK could lead the way in making them taboo Scary-sounding new virus in the news? Here are the questions you should ask Election 2024: migrants aren’t to blame for Britain’s housing crisis Three ways politicians always promise to raise money without increasing taxes – and why they rarely deliver TikTok star Munya Chawawa takes on North Korea in new documentary – it follows a long tradition of western media poking fun at the Kim family’s regime How Vladimir Putin projects his image as a modern-day Peter the Great Take my (bad) breath away – causes of halitosis and how to check whether you have it Nations realise they need to take risks or lose the race to the Moon Did the Victorians have better roads than us? A history of Britain’s potholed streets Another election, another round of Nigel Farage hype, with no lessons learned Respectful canoeing means acknowledging Indigenous authority over the land and water Southern Baptists may have rejected a constitutional amendment opposing female pastors, but that does not mean they are changing their views on women’s leadership in church NZ needs a 300% increase in qualified midwives – and those working need more support and recognition Lily Brett’s trip to Poland with her Holocaust survivor father inspired her novel, Too Many Men. 25 years later, it’s a film: Treasure Investigations reveal the troubling connections between ‘politically exposed persons’ and Chinese companies within Ghana's fisheries sector Canadians are feeling increasingly powerless amid economic struggles and rising inequality Sunday school – Monday through Friday: Oklahoma joins states with ‘release time’ laws letting K-12 kids leave school for religious lessons 1789 or 1866 is not 2024: Why historians have a difficult task in guiding Supreme Court justices as they decide today’s legal issues Modern-day outlaws, ‘sovereign citizens’ threaten the rule of law What parents in Michigan – and everywhere – should know about secure gun storage after the Crumbley convictions Oral nicotine pouches deliver lower levels of toxic substances than smoking – but that doesn’t mean they’re safe Abortion bans are changing what it means to be young in America The Hubble telescope has shifted into one-gyro mode after months of technical issues − an aerospace engineering expert explains Modern surgery began with saws and iron hands – how amputation transformed the body in the Renaissance Is Earth really getting too hot for people to survive? A scientist explains extreme heat and the role of climate change Elder fraud has reached epidemic proportions – a geriatrician explains what older Americans need to know Space arms race may be underway – it comes with enormous risks Ambitious Tory hopefuls could learn from Lady Macbeth’s fate ahead of leadership battle Bridgerton: the real 18th-century women penning satirical periodicals to bite back at society ‘It made me feel judged’: why it’s harder to get sexual healthcare if you practice consensual non-monogamy Three practical ways to address climate anxiety Queenie is a compelling exploration of Black motherhood – I’m glad I gave it a second chance Mauritius’ next growth phase: a new plan is needed as the tax haven era fades Romantic breakups can spark severe trauma in young people – new study AI can make African elections more efficient – but trust must be built and proper rules put in place Labour’s arts and culture promises are a reminder of the 1997 election – but that’s not a good thing Hong Kong: The political subtext behind the resignations of overseas non-permanent judges Albanese discusses delicate issues with Chinese premier, including avoiding future military incidents Sanctifying the profane: the Russian Orthodox Church at the front Alphonse Mucha and Art Nouveau: 100 years after its creation, his work is still a balm for a world in upheaval Business basics: how do companies pay tax? BBC Question Time: analysis of guests over nine years suggests an overuse of rightwing voices Budget cuts to climate funding mean NZ may now struggle to meet its international obligations ‘Some of us really wanted to smash imperialism’: Cher Tan honed her defiant creativity in Singapore’s DIY punk scene ‘Nuclear energy won’t stop cows from burping’: Peter Dutton needs a plan that goes beyond the electricity sector Charming ambassadors with big appetites and universal appeal: China’s long history of ‘panda diplomacy’ Dutton snatches preferred PM lead in Resolve poll as draft redistributions finished Australians say AI shouldn’t produce political news, but it’s OK for sport: new research Why do I poo in the morning? A gut expert explains AI is not a magic wand – it has built-in problems that are difficult to fix and can be dangerous Global: Gender apartheid must be recognized as a crime under international law Cambodia: Drop Charges Against Environmental Activists Is your child experiencing ‘winter burnout’? Here’s what to look out for Why don’t people disclose STIs to a sexual partner? Stigma has a lot to do with it Modern human DNA contains bits from all over the Neanderthal genome – except the Y chromosome. What happened? Marine CO₂ removal technologies could depend on the appetite of the ocean’s tiniest animals ‘If the land is sick, so are we’: Australian First Nations spirituality explained Anthony Albanese to raise differences while stressing positives in talks with Chinese premier World’s oldest termite mounds discovered in South Africa – and they’ve been storing precious carbon for thousands of years Ghana’s economic crisis was caused by government borrowing - the central bank did the best it could: economist How to avoid being hacked: start by upping your password game – ‘12345’ doesn’t cut it Public service reflections: Why the role of civil servants must evolve to ensure public trust Too soon? Titan or Titanic, people always make weird jokes about rich people’s tragedies Brain injury after overdose is a hidden epidemic: Recognizing and treating the survivors of the toxic drug crisis The St. Anne’s fire in Toronto highlights the significance of space for cities and communities Deadly border technologies are increasingly employed to violently deter migration From playground to boardrooms: How childhood and adolescence shape future leaders Africa: Accelerate Free Education for All Students on the frontline: South Africa and the US share a history of protest against white supremacy World News in Brief: Rights abuses in Ethiopia must end, El Fasher crisis update, UN stands with Niger Europe’s far-right wants to win over unhappy farmers Genocide prevention adviser warns of global threat posed by hate speech Will we really die from minor scratches in the future? – Q&A with antibiotic resistance expert Europe’s far-right wants to be the farmers’ choice Apple insists its ChatGPT tie-up will protect users’ privacy: here are the questions it must answer first Khorasan: why many Afghanistan citizens are pushing back against the term’s association with terrorism What Frederick Douglass learned from an Irish antislavery activist: ‘Agitate, agitate, agitate’ Egypt: Release protesters and activists detained over Palestine solidarity Angola Becomes First Country to Join African Criminal Court Global efforts to end female genital mutilation undermined by ‘vacation cutting’ School interventions offer best shot at reducing youth violence Americans used to unite over tragic events − and now are divided by them Quantum computers are like kaleidoscopes − why unusual metaphors help illustrate science and technology Poop has been an easy target for microbiome research, but voyages into the small intestine shed new light on ways to improve gut health Has Reform really overtaken the Tories in the polls? And does that mean it could beat them on July 4? Research nation: Birmingham hosts BISA 2024 There’s frustratingly little discussion of our music and nighttime industries in this election UK election: how the parties differ on their approach to the NHS The Lib Dems want to tax the banks more – is this a good idea? Why don’t the Conservatives want to talk about arts and culture? Labour’s enticing plan for a national care service is so vague it looks like a tick box exercise Oday: ‘Over 600 people drowned in the Pylos shipwreck, including my brother. They are not numbers. They are people.’ Kyrgyzstan: Acquittal in “Kempir-Abad case” is a victory for justice and human rights Rwanda: Respect Rights During Elections Wild horses return to their historic natural habitat in Kazakhstan Minority journalists are under threat in South Asia Research: switching salt could prevent thousands of deaths from heart attack and stroke in Indonesia What will Labour actually do in government? Manifesto clues point to a surprisingly radical agenda European populists back Putin as they roll out their anti-Ukraine positions Generative AI at school, work and the hospital – the risks and rewards laid bare Ed Davey’s celebration of fatherhood is unusual in politics – we are all better off when men do more of the caring The Boys return and Inside Out 2 dazzles – what to watch and read this week Body organs aren’t always where they are supposed to be National Gallery at 200: in praise of Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria Euro 2024: why the three Nations League qualifiers deserve their place among the 24 teams Why Labour and the Conservatives think they can improve the country without raising taxes – and why it’s a gamble Calls to US poison centers spiked after ‘magic mushrooms’ were decriminalized From glowing corals to vomiting shrimp, animals have used bioluminescence to communicate for millions of years – here’s what scientists still don’t know about it Central banks face threats to their independence − and that isn’t good news for sound economic stewardship (or battling inflation) Zimbabwe’s new dinosaur discovery: inside the find MENA governments must establish universal social protection systems for all Pylos Shipwreck Survivors Still Waiting for Answers Don’t feel bad about bingeing TV. Humans have binged stories for thousands of years Why are Europeans – including the young – being pushed to the far right? We dated a sacred Aboriginal women’s site used for birthing ceremonies and discovered 7,000 years of tool making What happens when you give a low-income family $26,000 in their child’s first year? We think we’ve found out Results are looking promising for a combined COVID and flu vaccine. Here’s how it could benefit public health China: ‘Malicious’ conviction of #MeToo and labour activists shows Beijing’s growing fear of dissent Kyrgyzstan: Politically motivated charges in “Kempir-Abad case” must be dropped and those on trial immediately released Greece: One year on from the Pylos shipwreck, the Coast Guard’s role must be investigated Ending native forest logging would help Australia’s climate goals much more than planting trees Suicide threats are a weapon of family violence. How can police balance mental health needs with protecting victims? Melissa Caddick mystery shows we need more research of a rare kind – marine forensics Supreme Court unanimously concludes that anti-abortion groups have no standing to challenge access to mifepristone – but the drug likely faces more court challenges Despite improved WHO regulations, the world remains ill-prepared for the next pandemic Pharaoh at the NGV is the greatest exhibition of ancient Egyptian art ever seen in Australia Many people get withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop antidepressants. So how can you safely stop? Queensland government splashes the cash around – but it’s unlikely to save it in the October election Thailand: Don’t Return Montagnard Activist to Vietnam Supreme Court sides with Starbucks in labor case that could hinder government’s ability to intervene in some unionization disputes Global: Enhanced funding and guarantees of civic space are vital for climate justice at COP29 New research sheds lights on the huge carbon store in Canada’s seabed Another national park season is here. Let’s help the parks embrace our arrival Is it really possible to have Alzheimer’s yet no symptoms? Calgary water shortages: Key ways to reduce your water footprint Just 5% of therapies tested in animals end up as as human drugs, new study shows Friday essay: ‘an engineering and biological miracle’ – how I fell for the science, and the poetry, of the eye China’s premier is about to visit Australia for the first time in 7 years – what can we expect? Satire can spread online as misinformation. Here’s why we still shouldn’t label it An homage to the dad joke, one of the great traditions of fatherhood Niger Court May Lift Immunity of Ex-President After Unfair Proceedings Gaza war: a ceasefire depends on a leap of faith from both sides – Northern Ireland showed us how Gaza ceasefire talks: the politics behind the stalemate Gaza war: with both sides playing politics, don’t expect a ceasefire any time soon How DNA analysis of our rivers and lakes can reveal new secrets about their biodiversity Labour plans House of Lords age limit and immediate end to hereditary peers – constitutional reform proposals explained Election 2024: the UK’s migration situation in five charts What Labour’s Great British Energy can’t do Searching for a female partner for the world’s ‘loneliest’ plant The Boys season four: gleefully nasty, gory and dysfunctional anti-superhero show is back Inside Out 2: this fresh sequel shows teenage anxiety is not always a bad thing The Conservatives’ climate change plans show they have tried but failed to reinvent net zero Labour pledges to recruit 6,500 new teachers – but research shows the ones we already have need a better deal Gaza update: political wrangling is making a peace deal even harder 10 ways to support 2SLGBTQIA+ youth this Pride Month Euro 2024: five team-building theories that could decide the tournament Armenia: Violence during street protests must be investigated Stories from the UN Archive: Nigerian Nobel Laureate condemns online hate South Africa: last-minute negotiations as Ramaphosa faces deadline for presidency deal Jacob Zuma: South Africans have five theories about why he’s still popular Cities with empty commercial space and housing shortages are converting office buildings into apartments – here’s what they’re learning Spikes, seat dividers, even ‘Baby Shark’ − camping bans like the one under review at SCOTUS are part of broader strategies that push out homeless people Civil rights leader James Lawson, who learned from Gandhi, used nonviolent resistance and the ‘power of love’ to challenge injustice Philadelphia’s 200-year-old disability records show welfare reform movement’s early shift toward rationing care and punishing poor people Ukraine’s draft woes leave the West facing pressure to make up for the troop shortfall People ambivalent about political issues support violence more than those with clear opinions Supreme Court justices secretly recorded – the legal issues and what they mean for the rest of us Space weather forecasting needs an upgrade to protect future Artemis astronauts The US is losing wetlands at an accelerating rate − here’s how the private sector can help protect these valuable resources June 16 uprising: how a massacre in South Africa led to Africa’s boycott of the 1976 Olympics Senegal has a rich history of traditional music – how it lives on in modern music Gaza campus protests: two human rights law experts write new principles for universities The key to raising secure children: Why parental sensitivity matters for fathers and mothers Some of our favourite episodes you may have missed: Don’t Call Me Resilient podcast Israel Joins UN ‘List of Shame’ for Abuses Against Children in War Azerbaijan State Oil Company (SOCAR) is caught in the midst of Israel-Gaza war French far-right: could early school troubles of some National Rally voters explain the party’s appeal? Of ice and fire: what sea salt in Antarctic snowfall reveals about bushfires worse than the Black Summer Grattan on Friday: the spectre of Abbott looms behind Dutton’s climate strategy Scientists can’t agree on how fast the universe is expanding – why this matters so much for our understanding of the cosmos Arcadian: Nicolas Cage’s post-apocalyptic pastoral is a beautiful mess Labour plans to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s – but it doesn’t go far enough Narcissism: why it’s less obvious in women than in men – but can be just as dangerous Labour’s immigration plans: a border security expert explains why ‘smashing the gangs’ is so difficult Cameroon’s push for agricultural expansion devastates Indigenous communities and wildlife Unemployment has dipped, but don’t be fooled – the jobs market is weakening French snap elections: ‘cohabitation’ could reshuffle the cards between president and prime minister Will watching the Olympic Games make you eat more? Amnesty International launches new campaign to protect human rights in older age Greece: One year on from the Pylos shipwreck, the Coast Guard’s role must be investigated The ingenious ‘network tree’ defying Gaza's connectivity blockade Football’s referee crisis: we asked thousands of refs about the abuse and violence that’s driving them out of the game Are plant-based burgers really bad for your heart? Here’s what’s behind the scary headlines Politics with Michelle Grattan: Bill Shorten’s around-the-world trip to discuss peace in Ukraine and NDIS reform Sunak and Starmer grilled in election interviews – four key issues assessed by experts Tunisian change maker invents a sustainable vehicle Women with epilepsy face a rollercoaster of hormones and seizures. But we’re treating them like men The internet of animals? An inside account of an ambitious plan to track animal movements across the globe A year after the PwC scandal, the furore is gone – as well as any real appetite for structural change COSP17: Tunisian change maker invents a sustainable vehicle Inflation is cooling, but not fast enough for the Fed: Policymakers now expect only one rate cut in 2024 Known unknowns: controversy over CSIRO’s electricity report reveals an uncomfortable truth Reconstructing heritage after war: what we learned from asking 1,600 Syrians about rebuilding Aleppo Why doesn’t water help with spicy food? What about milk or beer? South Australia’s enigmatic pink sand was born in ice-covered Antarctic mountains, new research shows Prefabs and the ‘missing middle’: how to get Australia back on track to build 1.2 million homes in the next 5 years Welcome to NZ – now pay up: the risks and rewards of raising the foreign tourist tax Global demand for oil could peak soon – NZ’s plan to revive offshore exploration doesn’t add up Greece: On Pylos Shipwreck Anniversary, Still No Justice When there’s no commercial incentive to develop gene therapy – hospitals will try to fill the gap China’s war games near Taiwan threaten international peace and security Microrobots made of algae carry chemo directly to lung tumors, improving cancer treatment Sudan food emergency: local researcher unpacks scale of the disaster and what action is needed South Africa’s biggest arts festival turns 50 – we assess its impact Malawi farming experiment shows how simple changes can boost maize yields and improve soil An ounce of prevention: Now is the time to take action on H5N1 avian flu, because the stakes are enormous Does mental illness beget great poetry? These 4 poets exposed the sickness of a society that sought to contain them In some parts of Australia, local roads are falling apart. Here’s an easy federal fix How a little brown bird could sound the alarm on lead poisoning in Australian children The secrets of Maya child sacrifice at Chichén Itzá uncovered using ancient DNA With Russia not attending, what can this weekend’s Ukraine peace summit achieve? Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutors Seek 20 Years for Peaceful Critics Life in DPR Korea still ‘daily struggle devoid of hope’ warns human rights chief Bans on fossil fuel advertising are coming – and sport should not be exempt Youth activists are now real agents of change at global climate summits Parade by Rachel Cusk review: a daring work of experimentation that strikes out against conformity Four tips to avoid being bamboozled by political statistics and data Could Labour’s massive poll lead affect, as well as reflect, how it performs at the election? Three things the evidence tells us This is the election of MRP polls – but what are they and why are they showing such different results? No commercial incentive to develop gene therapy – hospitals will try to fill the gap How secure are banking apps? Here are some key steps all banks – and users – should be following Fossil fuel ads work on you too – here’s how Mexico: why Sheinbaum’s historic election may not translate to gender equality Bridgerton: tips on how to dress and hold yourself in London society straight from the Regency period How the health of honeybee hives can inform environmental policies in Canadian cities Canada must make communication more inclusive for deaf people Türkiye: Acquittal of three police officers for involvement in killing of human rights lawyer a huge blow to justice Are presidents good role models for vaccination uptake? DRC study shows only if they’re trusted, and people get to know about it RFK Jr could act as a disrupter in the presidential election – taking votes from both sides How the Paris Olympics could become a super-spreader event for dengue Conservative manifesto puts home ownership up top – but ignores housing affordability What 70 years of AI on film can tell us about the human relationship with artificial intelligence Bans on fossil fuel advertising are coming - and sport should not be exempt Why we’re so bad at spotting lies – most of us only perform slightly better than chance Ontario’s expansion of alcohol to convenience stores is a covert union avoidance strategy 100 years ago, our understanding of the universe exploded Wastewater surveillance reveals pathogens in Detroit’s population, helping monitor and predict disease outbreaks since 2017 Paris 2024 Olympics to debut high-level breakdancing – and physics in action ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ may be many Americans’ image of Judaism – but American Jews’ heritage is stunningly diverse Politics is still both local and personal – but only for independents, not for Democrats or Republicans American womanhood is not what it used to be − understanding the backlash to Dobbs v. Jackson There’s a strange history of white journalists trying to better understand the Black experience by ‘becoming’ Black Columbia Law Review article critical of Israel sparks battle between student editors and their board − highlighting fragility of academic freedom Mental health services are scarce in Nigeria but there’s a huge need: what we learnt from callers to a hotline African swine fever: are there better ways to manage the disease than Italy’s mass pig culls? Gaza: Hamas, Israel committed war crimes, claims independent rights probe Shepherd’s graffiti sheds new light on Acropolis lost temple mystery – new research 100-million-year-old fossil find reveals huge flying reptile that patrolled Australia’s inland sea Safety in Haiti Remains a Long Way off Independent Commission reports war crimes by both sides in Gaza war ABC’s new comedy Austin grapples with autism stereotypes – with mixed success The government is not on track to get every younger person out of aged care by next year. What now? Michael Mosley reportedly died from heat exhaustion. How can extreme heat turn deadly? ‘We remain concerned’: Senate inquiry into PwC tax scandal calls for reform, but overuse of consultants will likely continue What to do if you, or someone you know, is targeted with deepfake porn or AI nudes Deepfake AI pornography is becoming more common – what can parents and schools do to prevent it? Coles has imposed limits on egg purchases – but is there actually a crisis? Police are frustrated with mental health callouts – here’s how to reduce their involvement and improve support We need better journalism to tackle climate change Three-quarters of Australian workers think now is a good time to change jobs. This is what managers can do better to keep them South Sudan: National Security Service must immediately release arbitrarily detained dissident Tanzania: Police Linked to Killings at Gold Mine Uganda: Lack of Free Pre-Primary Education Creates Lifelong Harm Peru: Congress Ramps Up Assault on Democratic System Trust hits new low: 45% of people think politicians put party before country I surveyed 17 million insects flying through a Pyrenean mountain pass – here’s what I learned about these ‘remarkable migrants’ Climate holdout Japan drove Australia’s LNG boom. Could the partnership go green? Historic amendments to the WHO’s International Health Regulations create a path towards an equitable pandemic treaty To-do list got you down? Understanding the psychology of goals can help tick things off – and keep you on track Should I get my child a baseline concussion test before they start junior sports? Food has a climate problem: Nitrous oxide emissions are accelerating with growing demand for fertilizer and meat – but there are solutions South Korea Still Blocking Abortion From AI to war zones, UN hosts largest global meeting on disability issues 400 million under-fives regularly experience violent discipline at home Lib Dems are right to put arts education at the heart of their plans for culture Why spending time and money creating TikToks probably won’t pay off for Labour and Conservatives When mice with Alzheimer’s inhaled menthol, their cognitive abilities improved Lib Dem proposals take social care reform seriously – but doubts remain over how they’d pay for it If D-day ceremony aimed to send Putin a message about fighting tyranny, Ukraine’s allies should have paid more attention to history Why you might struggle to find this year’s International Booker winner in UK libraries – and why publishing suffers as a result African elephants address one another with name-like calls − similar to humans Playful young male dolphins grow up to have more offspring ‘I get to say: f*** your metaverse, Mark’: Kara Swisher, tech’s most feared journalist, dishes the dirt on Silicon Valley No, AI doesn’t mean human-made music is doomed. Here’s why Too many Australians are waiting for a home care package. Here’s how to fix the delays Shakespeare, Beowulf and Chaucer could be back in the NZ English curriculum – should they be? Some online platforms are starting to measure ‘student engagement’ at school. Here’s what you need to know The states want a bigger say in skilled migration – but doing that actually leaves them worse off The government is drafting anti-hate speech laws. Here are 4 things they should include Extreme heat is a killer for outdoor sporting events – let’s plan properly to keep everyone safe The Coalition wants to dump our 2030 emissions target, yet somehow hit 2050’s. Behavioural economics has a name for that How game worlds are helping health-care workers practise compassionate clinical responses Georgia: Authorities must immediately investigate attacks on government critics Thai Rights Commission Links Officials to ‘Disappearance’ of 9 Exiles 8 fun questions about The Conversation Surging property prices: When will Europe’s cities become affordable again? Our reliable election forecast model predicts British Conservatives will lose big Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership style didn’t impress voters – but seeking consensus may be what South Africa’s unity government needs Africa’s freeports should boost trade and foreign exchange earnings – but evidence is thin Girls usually read better than boys. Why this isn’t the case in some African countries Senegal’s remote Bassari people talk about climate change, and how their local knowledge is key to coping strategies The Liberal Democrats are right to put arts education at heart of their plans for culture It’s getting more expensive to hold elections – and we don’t know enough about how the money is spent The last ozone-layer damaging chemicals to be phased out are finally falling in the atmosphere From urine tasting to self-infecting with stomach bugs – a brief guide to the most daring medical self-experiments How 14 years of Conservative rule has made council bankruptcy commonplace Simply looking at greenery can boost mental health – new research Gaming with empathy: How one video game offers a glimpse of life in Gaza under attack Canada: International Delegation to Attend Trial of Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders Let’s Put Play on the Agenda UPDATING LIVE: From AI to war zones, UN hosts largest global meeting on disability issues Queenie is a rejection of the ‘strong Black woman’ stereotype – and a celebration of ‘messy’ quarter life Why muscle tears happen – and what you can do to prevent them Why UK government policies have failed to recruit enough teachers for years Spies are not who you think they are Fish and chips on Mars: our research shows how colonists could produce their own food Google’s use of AI to power search shows its problematic approach to organizing information Complaints are different when customers think a company cares Coral reef recovery could get a boost from an unlikely source: Sea cucumbers, the janitors of the seafloor Losing winter ice is changing the Great Lakes food web – here’s how light is shaping life underwater Are older adults more vulnerable to scams? What psychologists have learned about who’s most susceptible, and when PFAS are toxic ‘forever chemicals’ that linger in our air, water, soil and bodies – here’s how to keep them out of your drinking water Summertime can be germy: A microbiologist explains how to avoid getting sick at the barbecue, in the pool or on the trail Independent voters are few in number, influential in close elections – and hard for campaigns to reach How reciting the Pledge of Allegiance became a sacred, patriotic ritual United States:  Social media companies’ removal of abortion-related content may hinder access to accurate health information UN Expert Slams Taliban Crimes Against Afghan Women, Girls There are ‘forever chemicals’ in our drinking water. Should standards change to protect our health? Dutton won’t announce medium term emissions targets before election – Albanese says that’s walking out of Paris Peter Dutton’s latest salvo on Australia’s emissions suggests our climate wars are far from over What’s new about the latest UN ceasefire resolution for Gaza, and will it have any better chance of success? Court Orders Guanajuato, Mexico to Recognize Trans Identities Not quite an introvert or an extrovert? Maybe you’re an ambivert Not quite an introvert or an extravert? Maybe you’re an ambivert Boot camps for young offenders are back – the psychological evidence they don’t work never went away How to buy a home: 7 tips for negotiating like a pro Beware of ‘tax hacks’ to maximise your return this year. The tax office is taking a close look at incorrect claims NDIS fraud is more than ‘growing pains’ – how fundamental flaws in the scheme should be addressed Tech solutions to limit kids’ access to social media are fraught with problems, including privacy risks Khin Myint lost his sister to chronic illness. Were trauma and Australian racism the real culprits? India: New Government Should Refocus on Rights Hong Kong: No Accountability 5 Years after Mass Protests Youth in Haiti remain optimistic amid worsening instability EU elections: far-right parties surge, but less than had been expected Murky details: Why the federal government must divulge which MPs conspired with foreign powers Weakening or collapse of a major Atlantic current has disrupted NZ’s climate in the past – and could do so again Investors have bid against each other to buy Australia’s first green bond. Here’s why that’s a great sign Prodigy’s personal mythology: Remembering the ‘fallen angel’ of Mobb Deep In 1614, a mother of eight put on a play about her cheating neighbour. The scandalous story changes what we know about women in theatre ‘Screaming, chanting, struggling teenagers’: the enduring legacy of the Beatles tour of Australia, 60 years on We have a moral responsibility to help low-income nations restore coral reefs What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? Age verification for pornography access? Our research shows it fails on many levels No matter who wins, both Biden and Trump can likely agree on one thing: doing less in the Middle East Court Orders Guanajuato, Mexico, to Recognize Trans Identities Repatriated Angolan Children Face Precarious Conditions Turkey's Erdoğan reigns supreme at hypocrisy and double-speak Northern Ireland: the three electoral threats keeping the DUP awake at night Sinn Féin could be about to become Northern Ireland’s biggest party at Westminster Levelling up has been a total failure – here’s the evidence Deepfakes threaten upcoming elections, but ‘responsible AI’ could help filter them out before they reach us Why India didn’t have the ‘climate election’ it needed, even amid a lethal heatwave ‘I feel more like a professional gambler’: British farmers reveal their twin struggles with climate change and mental health Do unemployment benefits stifle entrepreneurship? It’s complicated Kidneys, ribs and even testicles: the extra body parts you might not know you have The Singapore Stone’s carvings have been undeciphered for centuries – now we’re trying to crack the puzzle Water frost on Mars: on the top of immense volcanoes, a briefly icy landscape Can the US give cricket a lasting embrace – or will it always be dogged by comparisons with baseball? Ready for the next step in your career? Here’s how to get ready for your first leadership position Biden and Trump may forget names or personal details, but here is what really matters in assessing whether they’re cognitively up for the job Public notifications make it challenging for prisoners to reintegrate after release Indian election was awash in deepfakes – but AI was a net positive for democracy 2024 European elections: Who are young Europeans voting for? 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