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'There is no need for women to work': Afghan TV show takes on patriarchy | Ruchi Kumar

'There is no need for women to work': Afghan TV show takes on patriarchy | Ruchi Kumar

Inspired by hit US series Ugly Betty, Roya follows the fortunes of a 20-year-old, single, educated woman and her challenges joining the workforce in post-Taliban Kabul Roya wants to take a job in a
Clean Energy Finance Corporation signals it may accelerate reinvestment

Clean Energy Finance Corporation signals it may accelerate reinvestment

Steven Skala flags potential asset recycling to ensure there is ‘no significant constraint’ on investment capacityThe Clean Energy Finance Corporation has signalled it may accelerate reinvestment in
Andrzej Krauze on the armistice centenary – cartoon

Andrzej Krauze on the armistice centenary – cartoon

The determination to prevent a repeat of the bloody wars of the 20th century drove the foundation of the EU Continue reading...
'It's a long fight': the communities devastated by Brazil's dam collapse – podcast

'It's a long fight': the communities devastated by Brazil's dam collapse – podcast

Three years after the country’s worst environmental disaster, in which 19 people died, Lucy Lamble hears how Letícia Oliveira is still campaigning for justice for the people affectedWhen Letícia
What billionaires want: the secret influence of America’s 100 richest

What billionaires want: the secret influence of America’s 100 richest

A new study reveals how the wealthy engage in ‘stealth politics’: quietly advancing unpopular, inequality-exacerbating, highly conservative policies If we judge US billionaires by their most prominent
Asia Bibi: Pakistan court overturns blasphemy death sentence

Asia Bibi: Pakistan court overturns blasphemy death sentence

Christian woman to be freed after being sentenced in 2010, accused of insulting prophet Muhammad Pakistan’s supreme court has struck down the death sentence for blasphemy handed down to Christian
North Korea set to allow inspectors into nuclear test site

North Korea set to allow inspectors into nuclear test site

International experts will be allowed into the dismantled Punggye-ri site, according to reports in South KoreaNorth Korea is preparing its Punggye-ri nuclear test site for international inspectors,
Concern over UK-based Iranian TV channel's links to Saudi Arabia

Concern over UK-based Iranian TV channel's links to Saudi Arabia

Exclusive: Iran International funded by firm with ties to Prince Mohammed bin SalmanA UK-based Iranian TV station is being funded through a secretive offshore entity and a company whose director is a
Tariq Ramadan admission sparks fresh row over rape claims

Tariq Ramadan admission sparks fresh row over rape claims

Having denied any sexual contact with accusers, Oxford academic now claims alleged France attacks were consensual It is the biggest repercussion of the #MeToo movement in France: the influential
Midterm elections: early voter turnout surging in several key states

Midterm elections: early voter turnout surging in several key states

If trends continue, turnout could beat the 49% recorded in 1966, a number that has not been surpassed since in a midterm Early voter turnout is surging in several key states, suggesting more Americans
Universities baffled by Coalition's 'national interest' test for public funding

Universities baffled by Coalition's 'national interest' test for public funding

Dan Tehan says test would ‘improve public’s confidence’ in funding, but applicants must already meet a national benefit testUniversities Australia has said it does not understand why the government
Sickboy: the podcast that isn't afraid to tell 'mind-blowing' stories about illness

Sickboy: the podcast that isn't afraid to tell 'mind-blowing' stories about illness

Downloads have grown to more than 1.5m a year, and 750 people from around the world have contacted the show, eager to share their own experiencesBrain cancer, opioid addiction and multiple sclerosis
China reveals trade war strain as yuan slides and manufacturing stalls

China reveals trade war strain as yuan slides and manufacturing stalls

Strain begins to show amid a wider slowdown in the world’s second biggest economyThe Chinese economy has revealed fresh signs of the pressure of a trade war with the US and a wider slowdown at home as
A chapter closes: last Hong Kong bookshop selling titles banned in China shuts

A chapter closes: last Hong Kong bookshop selling titles banned in China shuts

Rumours the People’s Bookshop shut its doors after pressure from the government, which is aligned with BeijingThe last bookshop in Hong Kong selling titles banned by the Communist Party on the
Geoffrey Rush defamation trial: Eryn Jean Norvill accused of lying to harm actor

Geoffrey Rush defamation trial: Eryn Jean Norvill accused of lying to harm actor

Court hears Oscar-winning actor’s barrister claim that Norvill was trying to ‘smear’ reputationEryn Jean Norvill has been accused of telling “a whole pack of disgusting lies” about the Oscar-winning
Ill-prepared hiker rescued after concerned woman's phone call

Ill-prepared hiker rescued after concerned woman's phone call

Katharina Groene had phoned friends to apologize for dying on Washington trek before a good Samaritan summoned authoritiesA phone call from a concerned woman likely saved the life of a hiker from
Consumer watchdog dismisses Coalition calls to break up fuel companies

Consumer watchdog dismisses Coalition calls to break up fuel companies

ACCC head Rod Sims says 85% of cost of petrol is set by international oil price and ‘the rest is tax’ The head of Australia’s competition regulator has shrugged off demands to lower fuel excise or
Missing girl's family asks Vatican for details after remains found

Missing girl's family asks Vatican for details after remains found

Discovery in Vatican property seen as potential breakthrough in case of teenagers who disappeared in 1983The family of a teenager who went missing in Italy in 1983 has called on the Vatican to provide
Yemen war: US unveils blueprint for ceasefire and peace talks

Yemen war: US unveils blueprint for ceasefire and peace talks

James Mattis says Saudi Arabia and its Emirati allies are ready to negotiate, with UN special envoy brokering a dealThe Trump administration has given details of a UN-brokered peace plan aimed at
Two teenagers arrested after boy, 3, critically injured in hit and run

Two teenagers arrested after boy, 3, critically injured in hit and run

Leo Durrington from Wigan has life-threatening injuries after being hit by a stolen vanTwo teenagers have been arrested after a three-year-old boy was left fighting for his life following a