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French amber plus

30 july 2021
Giles whittell
  • An independent inquiry into the murder of the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana-Galizia found that the Maltese state failed to protect her because of a “culture of impunity” leading to “a collapse in the rule of law”.
  • Sunisa Lee won gold in the all-round individual women’s gymnastics in Tokyo, becoming the first Hmong American Olympican.
  • Snow fell across large areas of southern Brazil.

On the face of it the UK government’s decision to continue to make visitors from France self-isolate for ten days looks a little crazy. There may be science-based reasons for it though – just not ones that officials like to talk about.

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For a year now, one story has dominated the news cycle above all others. We’ve aimed to take the long-view of Covid-19: we’ve investigated the catastrophe of the test and trace system, the crisis in care homes, and the extended after-effects of the disease.


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The Arms Race

New Covid-19 variants are emerging. To beat them we need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. But right now the variants are racing ahead, the vaccines are falling short.

That’s why we’ve launched the Arms Race – our campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.

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Boycott! The lost Olympics

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With human rights groups demanding a diplomatic boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, we look back to Moscow 1980, and ask what’s the lesson of the most notorious Olympic boycott in modern times?

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