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US president Joe Biden speaks with his ‘old friend’, CIA director William J Burns (left), during a national security team meeting in the White House. Adam Schultz/White House Photo/Alamy

The inside story of the CIA v Russia – from cold war conspiracy to ‘black’ propaganda in Ukraine

With a formidable Kremlinologist in charge and Donald Trump out of the presidential picture, has the CIA regained its influence amid the ‘new cold war’?
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg with Moshe Biton (right) and Aviv Regev (left). The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is one of the major funders of the Human Cell Atlas. Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The human body has 37 trillion cells. If we can work out what they all do, the results could revolutionise healthcare

Pioneered by the Human Cell Atlas consortium, our understanding of the human body is about to be transformed – and with it, the way we treat and prevent disease
Over the past 25 years, lion numbers have decreased by 43% throughout Africa, as their range has declined by more than 90%. Shutterstock

Trophy hunting will not save Africa’s lions – so the UK ban on imports is a positive step for wildlife conservation

An Africa-based conservation expert explains why trophy hunting has not delivered for wildlife in most parts of Africa, and that local communities benefit next to nothing from its continued practice
On a visit in May 2000 to the Islamia primary school in London, Prince Charles (left) met Yusuf Islam (centre) and pupils before joining assembly for readings, prayers and speeches. PA Images | Alamy Stock Photo

The school Cat Stevens built: how Conservative politicians opposed funding for Muslim schools in England

Archival documents show that in the 1980s, British education officials refused to engage with Muslim communities about funding faith-based schooling.
Recovery team members Mark Campbell, Guilherme Pessoa-Amorim and Leon Peto photographed at the Big Data Institute in Oxford. Photograph: Adam Gasson/UKRI

The inside story of Recovery: how the world’s largest COVID-19 trial transformed treatment – and what it could do for other diseases

Two years ago, the Recovery trial transformed COVID treatments around the world with a landmark finding that may have saved a million lives in just nine months
Olmedo Vega spent 35 years as a FARC guerrilla commander before moving to the Agua Bonita demobilisation camp. Photograph: Juan Pablo Valderrama

Inside a reintegration camp for Colombia’s ex-guerrilla fighters: ‘Words of reconciliation are our only weapons now’

The outcome of Colombia’s presidential election has major implications for the survival of its historic peace deal, and the prospects of former combatants who have committed to a life without conflict
Liverpool fans stuck outside the ground show their match tickets during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France, Paris. PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Panic, horror and chaos: what went wrong at the Champions League final – and what needs to be done to make football safer

Two researchers who specialise in policing and security at sporting events reflect on another bad day for football.
David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in 1972: ‘an androgynous rockstar from outer space’. Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

David Bowie and the birth of environmentalism: 50 years on, how Ziggy Stardust and the first UN climate summit changed our vision of the future

In June 1972, the first United Nations conference on the human environment coincided with the release of David Bowie’s iconic Ziggy Stardust album. Both still feel disturbingly relevant today
A Shanghai refuse worker shows the strain of the month-long COVID lockdown. Shutterstock

China’s COVID crisis and the dilemma facing its leaders, by experts who have monitored it since the Wuhan outbreak

What can China do to resolve a crisis that threatens not only the health and security of its people and economy, but the future of Chinese Communist Party and its leader Xi Jinping?

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