Topic: Current Affairs

What Happened to Fact-Checkers?

How a respected but peripheral editorial job evolved into a partisan bludgeon for both sides of the American divide

Iran Expands Shrines and Influence in Iraq

Iran is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into developing Shi™ite shrines in Iraq. In doing so it is binding its neighbour closer.

Perceptions of China Grow More Negative Amid COVID

Almost two-thirds believe China is responsible for the worldwide pandemic, including almost all Republicans, and 44% of Democrats.

How Easy Is It to Build a Robot Assassin?

Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh reportedly may have been assassinated using a remote-controlled machine gun. Such devices are unfortunately easy to construct.

Death and the All-American Boy: Biden 1974

Joseph Robinette Biden, the 31-year-old Democrat from Delaware, is the youngest man in the Senate, which makes him a celebrity of sorts. But there's something else that makes him good copy:...

The Extremists Knocking on Doors and Claiming People’s Homes

Homeowners in the Seattle suburbs have been getting disturbing visits from members of the Moorish sovereign citizen movement.

Déjà Vu in Pakistan

Seventy years of disaster, dictatorship and disruption have trained us mentally to expect pandemic-like restrictions, not unlimited freedoms.

Covid's Other Victim: The Global Food System

Inside the Bidding War for Covid-19 Nurses

A shortage of nurses has turned hospital staffing into a cutthroat competition, but there are unintended consequences.

The Country Governed by Women in Their 30s

Nearly a year into her job, Finnish PM Sanna Marin says it's 'everyone's job to identify themselves'.

China’s Ambitions in Space, Explained

The Gobi Desert in China is an ideal place for prospective Martians. Here, along the ragged red landscape, is Mars Base 1, a mock Martian...

Tony Hsieh: Desert Visionary

The death of Tony Hsieh is the loss of an urban pioneer.

Socialism Is a Trigger Word on Social Media

An analysis of social media commentary about socialism versus capitalism shows that people are talking past each other, but some are engaging in more nuanced discussions as well.

On a Singapore Street, Two Rival Restaurants Go to War

A century-old rivalry between Zam Zam and Victory restaurants has descended into violent chaos.

Pictures of the Year: Natural Disasters

A home is seen destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta in Creole, Louisiana, October 10, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

52 Things I Learned in 2020

Self-Defined: A Modern Dictionary About Us

A modern dictionary about us. We define our words, but they don't define us.

AskReddit: Are You Proud of Your Own Nationality?

Email Lessons From Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte was a famous military commander with some interesting information management habits. But he died about 200 years ago (1821), long before computers, the internet, and electronic...

The Mystery of the Gatwick Drone

The long read: A drone sighting caused the airport to close for two days in 2018, but despite a lengthy police investigation, no culprit was ever found. So what exactly did people see in the...

App Keeps Rio’s Residents Safe From Stray Bullets

Julia Borges was at her cousin’s 12th birthday party when she was shot. The 17-year-old had been standing on a third-floor balcony when a stray bullet hit her in the back, lodging in the muscle...

Can Governments Really Be Feminist?

Politicians like to claim the label, but they rarely turn it into meaningful policy

Scenes From a Tourism Disaster in Spain's Resorts

Reuter Pictures of the Year: Aerials

Decommissioned cruise ships are dismantled at the Aliaga ship-breaking yard in the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey, October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Toke-Lahoma: How One of the Reddest States Became the Nation’s Hottest Weed Market

Oklahoma entered the world of legal cannabis late, but its hands-off approach launched a boom and a new nickname: ‘Toke-lahoma.’

Brexit: Will the Borders Be Ready?

Many questions have been asked about how changes at the border might affect the supply of food. The short answer is no-one can say for sure. About 30% of all the food consumed in the UK is...

Couch Surfing the Waves of American Poverty

For every American who is “officially” homeless, there are many more who exist in a precarious state of limbo. To survive, poor people must devise their own networks and support systems.

We All Break Lockdown in France

Swerving the Covid rules has become the new national sport

Food Delivery Apps Are Booming. Their Workers Are Often Struggling.

Delivery drivers have been essential to feeding New York, while boosting sales for companies like DoorDash and Uber. But they say work conditions have gotten worse.

Merriam-Webster’s 2020 Word of the Year Is . . . “Pandemic.”

Merriam-Webster has announced its word of the year, and to no one’s surprise, it is “pandemic.” Merriam-Webster based their choice on a statistical analysis of the words looked up in most in their …

How Iceland Hammered COVID With Science

The tiny island nation brought huge scientific heft to its attempts to contain and study the coronavirus. Here’s what it learnt.

Inside Bali's Saddest, Most Abandoned Theme Park

The story of what happened to Taman Festival: home of the world's first fully inverted roller coaster.

The Rubber Duck Revolution — In Pictures

Ducks have become a symbol of Thailand’s pro-democracy protests in Bangkok after demonstrators used them as shields against police water cannon and teargas

Italy's Calabria Has Two Pandemics: Covid and the Mafia

Calabria was not hit by the first wave of the pandemic but its fragile health system is buckling now.

Pandemic: Ranking the Best, Worst Places to Be

In Japan, More People Died From Suicide Last Month Than From Covid in All of 2020

More people died from suicide in Japan in October than succumbed to Covid-19 all year. And more women are taking their own lives, as they lose part-time work and take on the bulk of family...

Airlines Preparing to Transport COVID-19 Vaccine When Ready for Distribution

American Airlines said it has started conducting trial flights to test its process of shipping vaccines.

A Year After Wuhan Alarm, China Seeks to Change Covid Origin Story

Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countries

Reuters Pictures of the Year 2020

Doctor Katharina Franz and paramedic Andreas Hankel, of the rescue helicopter "Christoph Giessen," resuscitate a patient during preparations for his transport in the special isolation chamber "IsoArk"

Which Countries Get to Be Tourist Destinations?

Some regions are branded as places to find yourself. Others, like the Middle East, are constantly villainized

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