Former US defence secretary Jim Mattis arrives to a courthouse to testify in the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, in San Jose, California. Photograph:  Glenn Chapman/AFP

Former US secretary of defence James Mattis said he believed in Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes so much that he not only became a board member but a(...)

 Former Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died aged 84. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

Former Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died aged 84, state television announced Friday. Mr Bouteflika fought for independence from France(...)

UUP leader Doug Beattie is luring unionist-background voters away from Alliance, mainly with his liberal stance on social issues. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Northern Ireland now has its own version of Henry Kissinger’s question “who do I call if I want to speak to Europe?” Who do you call if you want to s(...)

“Jesus confronts the myth of scarcity which holds that there is not enough to go around so the rich stay rich, the poor stay poor.” Photograph: Getty Images

Donald Trump recently resumed his rallies with lots of excited supporters in attendance. But who is in charge: the former president, or the cheering c(...)

Niall Ferguson in Mumbai, 2011. The British historian is critical of what he calls the ‘Davos syndrome’ of focusing on the threat of climate change to the exclusion of everything else. Photograph Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

The day after I speak to historian Niall Ferguson, Dominic Cummings appears at a House of Commons committee, where he recalls the words of UK deputy c(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden: Must be careful not to set moral standards that can only be flunked.  Photograph:  Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden is about to stroll through an orchard of low-hanging fruit. Once he is sworn in in January, the next US president will mend relations with E(...)

Mike Pompeo: The rivalry with China seems personal. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/EPA

Here follow some excerpts from a speech about China by Mike Pompeo last week. The US secretary of state chose as his setting Richard Nixon’s president(...)

People pass in front of a Huawei newest flagship store in Shanghai, China, 16 July 2020. EPA/ALEX PLAVEVSKI

Over recent months, tensions between the US and China have grown, and Huawei has found itself being targeted as the Trump Administration attempts to d(...)

Paddy Murray: It is chest infections of one kind or another which have seen me hospitalised 16 times in the past dozen or so years

On it goes. Still locked up. Still isolated. And now suffering from Sudoku overload. But a new worry arrived last week. I spotted the first signs of(...)

What is happening, though, is the induction of many office creatures into what must feel like the faintly subversive act of remote working.

The ambient chatter. The soul-revealing choices of desktop paraphernalia. Even the proprietary tension over coffee mugs - all the more vicious, as Hen(...)

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