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Smoke rises from a fire at a ship in the Kerch Strait near Crimea. Photograph: Reuters

Ten crew members have been found dead and 14 have been rescued after two ships caught fire in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Russian’s transport minist(...)

Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee: “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values.” Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

California senator Kamala Harris has become the latest Democrat to announce a run for the US presidency, joining an already crowded field ahead of nex(...)

French president Georges Clemenceau, US president Woodrow Wilson and British prime minister David Lloyd-George at the Paris Peace Conference

In the British general election campaign of December 1918 slogans such as “Hang the Kaiser”, “squeeze the lemon till the pips squeak”, “homes fit for (...)

`The Chief’, 1919. Eamon de Valera wearing a native American ceremonial head-dress.  Photograph: taken from Judging Dev, by Diarmaid Ferriter, published by Royal Irish Academy

How might we best understand – and commemorate – the revolution that occurred in Ireland a century ago? Was it largely determined by events on the isl(...)

When it was over and the dead and wounded lay in pools of blood, moaning on the ground, Dyer forbade his soldiers to give any aid to the injured

It was 1919. The Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires had collapsed; new nations were springing up from their ruins; talk of self-determination was in(...)

Hogget or lamb casserole with herby dumplings

We all have a few guilty pleasures don’t we? A few skeletons rattling around in the closet. Now it’s confession time . . . I really fancy a job on Ear(...)

M Night Shyamalan. “I am very sentimental and when I make family movies I get sentimental.” Photograph: Jessica Kourkounis/The New York Times

Dear God, M Night Shyamalan can talk. Few directors have so many opinions on the ups and downs of their own careers. If he ever fancies a change in di(...)

Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the last century, wrote unsolicited letters to three leading mathematicians at Cambridge

Do amateurs ever solve outstanding mathematical problems? Professional mathematicians are aware that almost every new idea they have about a mathemati(...)

Chinese worshippers receive the Eucharist from a priest as they attend a Mass on  Christmas Eve 2018 at a Catholic church in Beijing. Photograph:  Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

The persecution of Christians in China is the worst it has been for more than a decade, with at least 50 million people expected to experience some fo(...)

A Hindu holy man dances holding a mace as he arrives for a ritualistic dip in Prayagraj, India. Photograph: AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims took a “sin-cleansing” but freezing dip just before sunrise on Tuesday at the confluence of the sacred Ganges and (...)

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