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Gangneung Ice Arena, where the Winter Olympics will be held: North Korea will send 230 cheerleaders and a 30-member taekwondo team – as well as an orchestra and half a hockey team. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Tension-weary Koreans are already calling next month’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang the “Peace Olympics” after it emerged that both Koreas will march t(...)

The process of artificially and pre-emptively creating immunity to an infectious disease has existed for centuries. Yet we can still find the concept (...)

Exhausted migrants in the waiting hall of the train station in Bardonecchia, Italy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The agreement that dictates which EU country is responsible for asylum applications is not being implemented effectively and is failing to help famili(...)

Protesters clash with riot police outside the Athens parliament building over planned government reforms, on January 12th, 2018. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

“Greece is a land where you can fool none of the people none of the time” wrote an American observer in 1944. He attributed this to the “lightning-lik(...)

Kristin Scott Thomas at the Cannes Film Festival in France last May. 'There are lots of films that I’m proud to have even been attached to,' she says. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Kristin Scott Thomas sits down with a little theatrical shiver. The actor may have perfected glacial onscreen manners – think Fiona, the snooty friend(...)

Andrea Horan: “I’m not a big crier, but when I cry, I cry for a year.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

When did you last cry? Brendan: Yesterday. A song came on and it made me think about my dad, dreading the first Christmas without him. I’m looking fo(...)

France – Dordogne In a village with a bakery and 12km from the medieval town of Terrasson, this marble-floored house measures 193sq m (2,07(...)

Human Flow has no easy answers

Shot in 23 countries over more than a year, the new magnificent, macrocosmic film from plucky Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei is as epic as cinema gets. (...)

The marina in the Slovenian  town of Piran: there was a bitter 26-year-old territorial dispute involving principally 7.3sq m of maritime territory in the  bay. Photograph: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images

It was never going to be that simple. The idea was that when new states signed up to join the European Union, they would do so with an unequivocal pro(...)

Mai El-Mahdy: “I want to be part of what’s happening here politically, I want to vote in the repeal referendum next year.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

When Mai El-Mahdy started seeing posts on social media about the revolution spreading across the Middle East she struggled to believe the protest move(...)

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