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sensemaker our daily roundup of the news that matters


25 may 2022
giles whittell
  • Russian forces took control of three towns in Donetsk and intensified their bombardment of the easternmost Ukrainian-held cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk. 
  • North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles in an apparent response to Biden’s promise of extra US security assistance to Seoul.
  • Male Afghan newsreaders wore masks in solidarity with female colleagues forced to cover their faces on air.

The third American mass shooting in ten days and the worst school shooting in a decade has left 19 children and two teachers dead, and a nation utterly divided on gun violence and gun control.


Matthew d’Ancona

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Photo essays

The siege of Mariupol
Jon Jones
25 April 2022

Evgeny Lebedev: In pictures
Jon Jones
28 February 2022

The Zone
Pierpaolo Mittica
15 December 2021

The bigger, worse picture
Jon Jones
8 July 2021

Solo, not alone
Harry Borden
17 June 2021

These are the disappearing nations
Vlad Sokhin
11 May 2021


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