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’For most of us, a dog is an extended part of our family, providing companionship, utter devotion and always a happy, nonjudgmental relationship.’ Photograph: iStockphoto
Love me. Love my dog

Dogs have been part of our lives for thousands of years. Descending from wolves the separation of the two species is something that scientists are sti(...)

Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has pushed back against the US, telling the BBC there was no way the US can crush the company. “The world cannot leave u(...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern: current taxation system is ‘not fair’, she said. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

There’s a certain type of pragmatic pessimist in Silicon Valley that loves New Zealand so much they have their eye on bolting there in the event of an(...)

Michael Jackson arriving for the first day of his trial, on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy,   at the Santa Barbara county superior court in Santa Maria, California, on February 28th, 2005. He was found not guilty on all counts. Photograph: Michael A Mariant/AP

When Dan Reed ordered up a score for his documentary, he asked the composer to evoke the image of a shimmering sprite leading two boys deeper and deep(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

A cyberattack on Australian lawmakers that breached the networks of major political parties was probably carried out by a foreign government, prime m(...)

Some things in the city of Sydney are constants. The gleaming sea, the span of the harbour bridge, the bright, cleansing sunshine of the summer months(...)

The US argues that 5G will be so fast – and have so many military applications – that the risk of using any Chinese telecoms equipment is too high. Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters

The British government has concluded that it can mitigate the risk from using Huawei equipment in 5G networks, in a serious blow to US efforts to pers(...)

Canada first adopted the alert system in 2002 and requires the abducted person be under the age of 18 before the alert is sent out. Photograph: IStock

Police in Canada have issued a rare rebuke to the public after a late-night emergency mobile phone alert about an abducted child prompted widespread c(...)

A child gets the MMR vaccine. There are currently several mumps outbreaks in Ireland. File photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The origins of the word for the disease are lost in time, but most probably come from the “grimace” of the sufferer who finds swallowing painful. Mump(...)

Anne Ryan (nee Nugent) at her party last October with her nieces Mary and Jacinta. Photograph: Paddy Lyons

Everybody was surprised when my aunt Anne announced she was leaving for Australia to become a nun. For one thing, it was 1949 and going that far aroun(...)

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