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The war in Ukraine has entered a new, and more difficult, phase

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Wars are a series of twists and turns. Momentum can shift and quickly alter fortunes on the battlefield, and intangible elements like leadership and motivation can shred the assessments of the most seasoned military a...

Jacinda Ardern to visit Anthony Albanese to discuss ‘difficult’ deportation issue

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Jacinda Ardern will visit Australia later this week to meet the new prime minister, Anthony Albanese, when she plans to again raise the issue of “501” deportations of New Zealanders. The New Zealand PM will visit Sydn...

Australia’s new PM flags ‘difficult’ China ties as he heads to Tokyo for Quad meeting

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Anthony Albanese has flown to Tokyo to take part in the Quad leaders’ meeting, just hours after being sworn in as the new Australian prime minister and warning that relations with China would remain “difficult”. The L...

Meta investors brace for a difficult quarter after stocks nosedive

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Meta experienced a historic nosedive in value earlier this year amid a major rebrand and shake-ups to its business model – and investors are bracing for another difficult quarter. Meta lost a record $230bn in market v...

‘A difficult time’: why popular TV series Pachinko was met with silence in Japan

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It has charmed critics and attracted big audiences in the UK and the US, but the TV adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s bestselling novel Pachinko has barely merited a mention in one of the countries that inspired it. The eig...

Top 10 difficult marriages in fiction

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‘Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.” This piece of cynicism from William Congreve’s play The Old Bachelor (1693) has since become proverbial. Not least, because it’s true. Just think of one marriage you activ...

How do you stop fake news about Covid? Not by silencing scientists who ask difficult questions

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Carl Heneghan is an epidemiologist first and foremost, professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford, probably many other things – good citizen, well-liked family member – and then, way down the list, a person on Twi...

China Eastern Airlines crash: severe damage makes it ‘very difficult’ to find cause – aviation chief

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Severe damage to the China Eastern Airlines jet that crashed on Monday with 132 people on board means investigators face “a very high level of difficulty” in establishing a cause, authorities have said. Zhu Tao, direc...

New play to tell story of Brexit’s ‘bloody difficult women’

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It feels like a lifetime since Theresa May and Gina Miller were called “bloody difficult women” during Britain’s brutal and laborious war over Brexit. But the legal battle between the political opponents, and its less...

Boris Johnson’s position ‘difficult’ if Met fines him, warns Iain Duncan Smith

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The former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has warned Boris Johnson it will be hard to cling to power if the Metropolitan police finds he breached Covid rules. The comments from the senior Tory will ratchet up p...

World faces ‘bumpy, difficult’ Covid transition, says senior scientist

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Tensions in societies around the world over the current Covid situation are going to be very difficult to handle, one of Britain’s most senior scientific figures has warned. Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Well...

Joe Biden pledges to make any Russian invasion of Ukraine ‘very, very difficult’

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Joe Biden he said he would make it “very, very difficult” for Russia to launch any invasion of Ukraine, which warned that a large-scale attack could be planned for next month. Washington and Kyiv say Moscow has massed...

The BBC’s balancing act gets ever more difficult

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Andy Beckett is not a writer with whom I would normally disagree, but as a retired BBC journalist and former foreign correspondent, I challenge his assertion that the BBC is not properly fulfilling its role to scrutin...

Renewable energy firms warn of difficult conditions amid slow winds

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Two of the world’s biggest wind energy companies have warned of difficult conditions as slower-than-usual winds and supply chain difficulties delay manufacturing. Ørsted, a Danish company, said lower-than-normal wind ...

‘The most difficult journey of my life’: an Afghan family’s escape to the UK

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The day the Taliban arrived in Kabul, Dina* went to her office in the city’s law courts as normal. It was deserted. “Only the cleaner was there,” the 41-year-old supreme court judge remembers. “The cleaner said: what ...

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