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Biden is sending dangerous messages about Taiwan to China. The US should tread with care

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Joe Biden made a potentially dangerous statement on Monday. In Tokyo, he gave a flat “yes” to a reporter’s question of whether he was willing to “get involved militarily to defend Taiwan”. “That’s the commitment we ma...

How worried should we be about monkeypox? – podcast

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An outbreak of monkeypox in the UK is ‘significant and concerning’, but for now it poses a low risk to the public, says science editor Ian Sample How to listen to podcasts: e...

‘One woman took out 13 of her own teeth’: the terrifying truth about Britain’s dental crisis

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It is over an hour before the emergency dental clinic is due to open, but Jodie Manning is taking no chances. She hasn’t been able to eat for four days – “I can’t physically bite down any more” – and is determined to ...

What is the Quad, and how did it come about?

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Leaders of the US, Japan, Australia and India gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday for a summit of the Quad. What is the group, where did it come from and why do diplomats keep coming up with strange names for various partner...

The people making a difference: the man who made blokes strip off and feel good about themselves

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Paul Goddard was susceptible to peer pressure growing up. “To try and fit in I’d commit crimes with the other guys who were older than me,” he says. “Shoplifting, stealing cars. I was a bit of a turd, to be honest.” H...

‘Phones are like a scab we know we shouldn’t pick’: the truth about social media and anxiety

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Most people think that phones are a bad thing for anxiety. Parents, in particular, believe phones are terrible for the mental health of children, teenagers and young adults. So, what is the truth? While I was writing ...

Biden says ‘everybody’ should be concerned about spread of monkeypox

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Joe Biden said Sunday that “everybody” should be worried about the spread of monkeypox recently, and his national security adviser assured the public that the US has a “vaccine that is relevant to treating” the virus....

‘The lady without legs or arms’: how artist Sarah Biffin shattered Victorian ideas about disability

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She was born without arms and legs to a farming family in 1784 and, measuring just 37 inches in height as an adult, was put on show in touring fairground attractions. Billed as The Limbless Wonder, Sarah Biffin painte...

What I wish I’d known about living with an anxiety disorder

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To some extent, anxiety is an entirely logical response to being alive, and being a human among other humans. When I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder in my 20s, this thought would have been helpful. To ...

North Korea’s Covid caseload passes 2 million amid global concern about regime’s pandemic plan

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Experts have questioned North Korea’s claim that it is achieving “good results” in its battle against a Covid-19 outbreak, as the number of people with symptoms of the virus surpassed 2 million. The regime reported 26...

United Australia party and Coalition MPs denounced for ‘totally misleading’ claim about WHO

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Experts have denounced a “totally misleading” claim perpetuated by government MPs and the United Australia party that the World Health Organization will use a possible pandemic treaty to control Australia’s health sys...

US stock markets fall sharply as investors worry about recession

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The wild ride on the US stock markets continued on Wednesday with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sinking more than 1,100 points as investors worried about a looming recession. All of the major US markets fell sharpl...

Video showing arrest of Fiji bus driver reignites debate about police use of excessive force

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Fiji police have suspended an officer pending an investigation after a video showing what appeared to be the use of excessive force against a bus driver during an arrest was shared widely in the Pacific country. The v...

Floodlights review – this harrowing drama about sexual abuse in football is so, so valuable

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“By the way, Woody,” says Barry Bennell, “do you think you’re good enough to be one of my boys?” The football coach is visiting Andy Woodward’s parents’ house to recruit their son for Crewe Alexandra’s youth team, but...

Dallas shooting suspect harbored delusions about Asian people, police say

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Authorities in Dallas said on Tuesday the man suspected of opening fire in a hair salon in the city’s Koreatown and wounding three women of Asian descent harbored delusions about Asian people since having a car crash ...

Dear Mr Musk, stop bleating about Twitter bots and get on with it

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You’re on the hook, Elon, so stop bleating about bots and cease speculating about a lower takeover price. When we agreed a bid at $54.20 a share, in cash, you waived your right to conduct due diligence. Look busy and ...

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