The US is one of a few countries that still uses private prisons.
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Private prisons have long been a topic of controversy in the U.S. A professor of sociology explains what they are and why they matter.
The conductor’s role is to communicate with the performers and their audience. Their role is part artistic, part mathematical.
A conductor's role is about communication with performers and their audience. They do so using eye contact, dress, and of course, the fabled waving of the arms.
A worker of the Democratic Republic of Congo Health Ministry checks people’s temperature in Goma.
Ebola has now now spread to Goma – a city of 2m people.
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin is taking ‘extraordinary measures’ to avoid busting the debt ceiling.
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The US hit the debt ceiling in March and is expected to run out of ways to get around the new $22 trillion limit by September. An economist explains why the ceiling is a dysfunctional relic.
Sculpture of ninth-century Persian scholar Al-Khwarizmi in Khiva, Uzbekistan. Latin discovery of Al-Khwarizmi’s work introduced the numerals 0-9, one of many ways in which Islamic cultures have contributed to Western civilisation.
Western civilisation and Islam are sometimes seen as diametrically opposed. Yet Islamic cultures have contributed much to the West, in language, philosophy and literature.
Cold water shock explained.
Tennis player Venus Williams may have Sjögren’s syndrome but here she was, earlier this year, competing in the Miami Open.
Sjögren’s syndrome has no cure. Here's how it affects the body and what the future might bring for people with this challenging autoimmune disease.
A supporter of Narendra Modi’s BJP party at rally in late March.
India heads to the polls in April and May for the world's biggest democratic exercise. Why the world should be watching this election.
Special counsel Robert Mueller reached no definitive conclusion about whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice in firing FBI Director James Comey or attacking his own investigation.
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Legally, a person can obstruct justice even if he committed no other crime – though it is harder to prove. It all depends on the intent behind pressuring investigators, say, or firing an FBI director.
Indian soldiers arrive at the wreckage of an an Indian helicopter that crashed on the Indian side of Kashmir on Feb. 27, 2019.
AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan
India and Pakistan have been fighting for control over Kashmir, an 86,000-square-mile territory in the Himalayas, for seven decades. But the people of Kashmir have their own political goals too.
Protestors at the Women’s March in Washington in January 2017. There was intense discussion of intersectionality at the time of this march.
The term initially focussed on the intersection between race and gender, but more recent uses have extended to include
sexuality, gender diversity and disability.
Culex annulirostris mosquito and waterbirds are responsible for spreading Murray Valley encephalitis.
Murray Valley encephalitis virus is a rare but potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus. Here's what you need to know about it.
But questions remain on how well a scheme to provide victims with information about abusive partners is working.
Parliament’s Brexit clock is ticking.
Ministers were found in contempt of parliament on December 4 for not publishing the full legal advice on the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome as men.
Irritable bowel syndrome causes abdominal pain and constipation or diarrhoea. These symptoms overlap with other disorders, so it's important to get the correct diagnosis and then the best treatments.
What role do EU institutions and the parliaments of 27 member states have in agreeing the next steps of the Brexit process.
Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1616. Her role playing predates by centuries the preoccupations of artists such as Cindy Sherman.
Born into late-16th century Papal Rome, Gentileschi transcended the path of utter obscurity that was the lot of her female peers to become one of the most famous painters of the day.
Dame Edna Everage is the drag persona of Barry Humphries.
There is still a lot of misunderstanding about what being transgender means and how it relates to drag.
William Blake, Pity, 1795, Tate.
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The Romantics - including poets William Blake and William Wordsworth - lived in the 18th century, but their passionate ideas about imagination and nature are still influential today.
Hobart’s Mount Wellington is now also known by its palawa kani name, kunanyi.
Tasmania's Aboriginal languages were decimated during the state's colonial violence. But members of the original community have reconstructed a language, palawa kani, which is now being used more widely.