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Virtual intimacy: is the era of actual sexual contact under threat?

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Name: Virtual intimacy. Age: As old as the telephone, or possibly even the postage stamp. Appearance: Virtual, digital, not safe for work. Are we talking about sex? It’s sex-based, yes. But it’s not sex. Well, no, bu...

‘There’s a concerted backlash’: Ibram X Kendi on antiracism under attack

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A whitewashing of history is under way in red state America. Republican officials are proposing numerous laws to ban school teachers from emphasizing the role of systemic racism in shaping the nation. And every reacti...

Student’s rape and murder puts India’s sexual violence under spotlight again

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It was a historic day for women in India. Mamata Banerjee and her party won a spectacular election victory in West Bengal, defeating the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) of the prime minister, Narendra M...

US drugmaker Regeneron under fire for ‘excessive’ payouts to executives

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The US drugmaker Regeneron, whose Covid treatment was hailed as a “cure” by Donald Trump last year, has come under fire from two influential shareholder advisory groups over “excessive” payouts made to its top executi...

UK lost £16bn in tax revenues over nine years under Conservatives, says Labour

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The UK lost £16.7bn in tax revenues over nine years of slow growth under the Conservatives, figures unearthed by Labour show, as the party seeks to underline the economic effects of the Tories in office. Labour, under...

Benefits claimants suffering under end-of-life DWP rule

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More than 100 terminally ill people are each month being rejected for benefits despite having less than six months to live, and many are spending their final weeks fighting in vain for social security support, say cam...

Gambling awards under fire over lack of diversity on judging panel

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One of the gambling sector’s most prestigious awards events has come under fire after it emerged that the judging panel of 52 people contains one woman and no black people. The Global Gaming Awards, convened by indust...

‘They stormed the ICU and beat the doctor’: health workers under attack

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Since the pandemic began, healthcare workers have been venerated for treating patients with Covid-19, but they have also been attacked for doing their job. Five doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients, some o...

World’s soils ‘under great pressure’, says UN pollution report

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The world’s soils, which provide 95% of humanity’s food, are “under great pressure”, according to a UN report on soil pollution. Soils are also the largest active store of carbon, after the oceans, and therefore cruci...

London councils under fire for plans to build homes on play areas

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Councils in London are facing resistance over plans to build homes on children’s play spaces in inner-city estates. Housebuilding plans are being drawn up across the capital in an attempt to reduce housing waiting lis...

Walmart under pressure to add employee representation to its board

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US retail giant Walmart is facing increased pressure to add employee representation to its board, as a leading figure on the Christian left, the Rev William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign, says he will press the...

Australia’s Holy See ambassador under fire for saying she wants to change ‘narrative’ away from George Pell

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The new ambassador to the Holy See told a Catholic publication that her aim was to change the Vatican’s “narrative” about Australia away from the child abuse royal commission and cardinal George Pell – comments that h...

Why everybody loses under the Home Office’s ‘Hostile Britain’ policy

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“Never again!” Of dozens of pained messages sent to the Guardian by EU citizens who have had run-ins with the UK Border Force since Brexit, this is the expression that stands out. These people insist they will never v...

Morrison government under fire over Covid vaccine delays as Victoria enters lockdown

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The Morrison government has come under attack over “failed” quarantine arrangements and the sluggish pace of the national vaccine rollout as Victoria enters a seven-day “circuit breaker” lockdown. There is mounting co...

US and China hold first ‘candid’ trade talks under Biden tenure

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Top US and Chinese trade negotiators have held “candid” talks, their first under the Biden presidency, as Washington continues to raise concerns over Beijing’s trade practices. In the long-awaited first official engag...

UK-based doctor under investigation over abortion ‘reversal’ medication

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A UK-based doctor is under investigation for offering to prescribe abortion “reversal” medication, an “unproven and experimental” treatment promoted by US-based anti-abortion activists. The doctor allegedly offered to...

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