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¡Kapow! Batman takes holiday in Benidorm in DC Comics anthology

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Given his 82 long years of rooftop vigilantism, the dank, lonely surroundings of his home office – not to mention the tickly throat irritation caused by all those growled threats – few would begrudge Batman some sun, ...

‘199 years is long enough’: Kim Janey becomes Boston’s first Black and first female mayor

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Earlier this week, Kim Janey, the first woman and Black person to lead the city of Boston, became acting mayor. She was sworn in by the first Black woman to lead Massachusetts’ highest court, Kimberly Budd, and the fi...

‘A 10ft pole is not long enough’: Matt Gaetz isolated in sex-trafficking scandal

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The Florida Republican congressman Matt Gaetz appears increasingly politically isolated amid a spiralling scandal over a federal sex-trafficking investigation. Even for Donald Trump, one Republican political operative...

‘A beacon of change’: new film to celebrate life of ceramicist Clarice Cliff

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She was born into a working-class Staffordshire family in 1899 and was sent to work in the potteries aged just 13 before going on to become one of the country’s most influential ceramicists. Now Clarice Cliff has insp...

‘A bold agenda’: hopes rise for US climate change reversal as Deb Haaland sworn in

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After four years under an administration that denied the climate crisis, opened public lands to oil and gas drilling and stripped protections from national monuments, the US interior department will look radically dif...

‘A breath of fresh air’: readers on women who changed the world in 2020

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‘She was a breath of fresh air on inauguration day’ She is a young, intelligent and brilliant woman who will accomplish great things for good causes such as feminism, [and fighting] marginalisation, oppression, racis...

‘A class act’: Sir Chris Whitty, the calm authority amid the Covid crisis

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“Most people would agree that he’s kind of busy,” says Loyd Grossman, whose protracted and extruded vowels defined the mid-Atlantic accent for a generation of TV-watching Britons. “But he seems to wind down by doing m...

‘A community of equals’: the private school with no fees, set up by a south London teacher

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While most teachers express frustration about the education system in England, with its focus on Sats, GCSEs and league tables, what they don’t usually do is set up their own school instead. But that is exactly what L...

‘A crime on top of a crime’: Assad regime reburies Aleppo’s war dead

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Fadwa Hallak’s memory of what happened the day her husband died is blurry. Ibrahim Rahawi was killed by shrapnel in either an airstrike or missile attack in 2015 during the siege of Aleppo – one of the bloodiest and m...

‘A different animal’: Lewis Hamilton wary of improved Red Bull team

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Lewis Hamilton has acknowledged that Red Bull pose a real threat to his hopes of a record-breaking eighth Formula One world title this season. As the final day of testing concluded in Bahrain on Sunday Hamilton conced...

‘A game of two halves’: how Bristol protest went from calm to mayhem

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Bea, a 19-year-old student, and her uni friends were among the protesters who attended the “kill the bill” protest in front of the cathedral on College Green in Bristol on Sunday afternoon. They had been warned they w...

‘A good start but miles to go’: progressive Nina Turner on Biden and Democrats’ future

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When Joe Biden, a 78-year-old white male moderate, was sworn in as US president, it was seen as only a matter of time before progressives became restive and “Democrats in disarray” headlines were dusted off. But two m...

‘A heck of a guy’: Joe Biden pays tribute to Prince Philip – video

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Joe Biden has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, and sent condolences to Queen Elizabeth II. 'He was a heck of a guy,' the US president told reporters at a photo opportunity in the Oval Office, '99-...

‘A hint of heritage’: Williams unveil new look as hackers foil launch plans

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Williams presented their new Formula One car on Friday– after hackers foiled plans for an “augmented reality” launch – revealing a livery inspired by its “all-conquering cars of the 1980s and 1990s”.The British team e...

‘A huge step forward’: WSL announces record-breaking deal with BBC and Sky

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The FA has announced it has signed a “landmark” multimillion pound deal with Sky Sports and the BBC for the broadcast rights to the Women’s Super League. The agreement, which will run for three years from the 2021-22 ...

‘A letter tells someone they still matter’: the sudden, surprising return of the pen pal

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A few months ago, when the rules had been sufficiently relaxed to allow friends to sit together outside, Liz Maguire had coffee with a woman she had never met. The pair had already been communicating for months, and q...

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