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Really, Vladimir?

6 december 2021
GILES WHITTELL
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, the elected leader of Myanmar ousted in a coup last year, was sentenced to four years in jail (more below).
  • A French climber who found a box of jewels lost on Mt Blanc since a 1966 plane crash has been allowed to keep half of them. 
  • Bob Dole, the war hero and former Republican senator who ran for president three times, has died aged 98.

What does Putin want to do with the 175,000 troops he’s assembled on Ukraine’s eastern border? Why has he sent so many tanks, planes, field hospitals and naval assets to the region to support them?


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We need to get the world vaccinated as fast as possible. We’re in an arms race: vaccines vs variants. That’s why we’ve launched our Vaccine Tracker along with a campaign to vaccinate the world by the end of next year.

The Slow Newscast

Our biggest stories given voice

The super divorce: The Akhmedovs and a game of hide and seek

6 December 2021
40 minutes

When a High Court Judge awarded Tatiana Akhmedova a record £450m divorce payout, it was only the beginning of a case that went on to become the most expensive family feud in history…

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More of our stories from 2021

the pandemic

Everything you need to know about Covid-19

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.

Some of our biggest stories from 2020

Meet the editor
“In my recent journalism, I’ve been digging into the dysfunction at the heart of the UK government. Here’s an example, along with some other recent Tortoise articles I’ve enjoyed.”
Matt d’Ancona

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02 August 2019

Line in the sand
Pascal Maitre
7 February 2020

Life at the top
Kadir van Lohuizen and Yuri Kozyrev 
27 April 2019

No agua, no vida
John Trotter
30 November 2019

Isolated from the world
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10 March 2019

Europe’s last pastoral
Rena Effendi
16 March 2019

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A ranking of the FTSE 100 companies on their contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, measuring their commitment to key social, environmental and ethical objectives such as carbon reduction, gender equality and good business practices.

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The pandemic didn’t affect all of Britain equally.


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