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Rahima Asadi,  wife of Naiemi, and their daughter, Zainab, outside the airport in Kabul on June 1st. Photograph: Kiana Hayeri/The New York Times

The Asadi family was up before dawn last Tuesday after a fitful night’s sleep. They dressed quickly in new clothes bought the day before and tucked a (...)

A figure illustrating the polyhedral pattern (a truncated octahedron)  within coronavirus

Euclid’s Elements was the first major work to organise mathematics as an axiomatic system. Starting from a set of clearly stated and self-evident trut(...)

   Andrew Johnson: it has been generally accepted that he was among the worst holders of the office of US president

He had been a polarising president, cherished, as well as deplored, for his excitability, his stubbornness, and his gift for demagoguery. His hair-tri(...)

Snow falls around the US Capitol building in Washington, DC. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

A wintry blast blanketed the east coast of the US this week, as the first storm of the season descended on the region. In Washington, DC, a dusting o(...)

 US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris bump fists before delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware,. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty

Joe Biden calls for unity, unity, unity Throughout his campaign, Joe Biden spoke about how he was running to restore “the soul of America”, and he re(...)

Protesters in Portland, Oregon, on the day after the US presidential election vote. Photograph: Kathryn Elsesser/AFP via Getty Images

The US presidential battle is a paradoxical tale of democracy and dictatorship. The images of hordes of voters lining up to embrace their democratic p(...)

Democratic presidential nominee  Joe Biden and US president Donald Trump. Each side is convinced that the victory of the other spells the end of the republic, so the contest turns into a competition of terminal nightmares. Photographs: Angela Weiss and Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

A moment of truth is at hand. Or perhaps a trial of strength, not just between two mutually and grievously hostile political tribes, but of the fortit(...)

Supporters of US president Donald Trump  rally  in Beverly Hills, California, on October Saturday. Photograph:  David McNew/AFP via Getty Images

When I was growing up, my brother Michael took me to see old movies at the American Film Institute. An American in Paris. Shane. Mr Smith Goes to Wash(...)

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, pauses while speaking about his plan to beat the coronavirus, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

Mostly it was vintage Trump. Thursday night’s second and last TV debate before the US election saw the president ploughing well-worn themes and, as a (...)

US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a rally in Carson City, Nevada. Photograph by Mandel Ngan/AFP

With just 15 days until the US presidential election, polls suggest that Donald Trump has an uphill battle to secure a second term in the White House.(...)

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