The night out which ended unexpectedly

I have always been a space cadet. Someone whose head is in the clouds, constantly late and covered in bruises from bumping into stuff. Knowing a space cadet has its advantages. I’m fantastic at picking birthday presents and giving them to you two months late, so it’s a nice surprise …

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Will going vegan make you healthier?

There has been an explosion in interest in veganism, in recent years, driven largely by concerns about health, animal welfare and the environment. Vegans, for the uninitiated, do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or any products derived from animals, including eggs, dairy products, and gelatin. There are now four times …

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Nationalist vote set to shatter Swedish calm

Sweden has long enjoyed a reputation for moderation and balance, but is its political landscape about to change dramatically with Sunday’s election, the tightest race in decades? The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats are on course to become Sweden’s second-biggest party, after a campaign that has focused on migration and integration. “They …

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The challenge of ‘farming the desert’ in Australia

The plight of drought-hit farmers in Australia has prompted an outpouring of sympathy across a country that has long mythologised the inhospitable “bush” and its inhabitants. But it has also raised questions about subsidising those eking a living in agriculturally marginal areas, writes Kathy Marks in Sydney. Mellissa Conomos runs …

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Will Idlib spell the end of Syria’s war?

Syria’s north-western province of Idlib is the last major area under rebel control. Over the course of the fighting it has become home to huge numbers of internally displaced people. Around three million are now concentrated in this largely rural region. A series of deals have allowed rebel fighters from …

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Japan’s Typhoon Jebi leaves destruction in its wake

A major international airport at Kansai, which serves Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, was flooded: Image copyrightREUTERS Speedboats have been deployed to ferry thousands of stranded passengers from the airport in Osaka Bay: Image copyrightAFP The airport lost its link to the mainland when strong winds drove a tanker into a …

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