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As Biden won the presidency, Republicans cemented their grip on power for the next decade

Democrats lost big in state elections which could cost them when new political maps are drawn

China's President Xi Jinping is facing a brewing crisis. Picture: Alberto PIZZOLI / AFPSource:AFP

‘A nation at risk’: Has Chinese leader Xi Jinping bitten off more than he can chew?

Xi Jinping is a formidable world leader with a seemingly unshakeable hold on power — but he’s now facing a “quandary” that will test his ability to survive.

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5 signs US and Iran are not going to war anytime soon

This current dynamic was explained brilliantly

The Simpsons: How the show's writers predict the future

The Simpsons: How the show's writers predict the future

They're the most-famous animated family on the planet and have been entertaining viewers for more than 30 years.


Why Is Boris Johnson Sucking Up to Trump?

Kim Darroch’s resignation is, in a way, the perfect metaphor for the perversion of the “special relationship” in the Trump era. The great irony is that Brexit, marketed as a way for Britons to “take back control” from the E.U., is tilting the U.K. toward a new state of vassalage.

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Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko captures the beauty of people with albinism

While advocacy on albinism continues in different forms, Olateju reiterates that a lot of people with albinism need support so that they don't feel alone.

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D-Day: 10 things you might not know about the Normandy invasion

On 6 June 1944, British, US and Canadian forces invaded the coast of Normandy in northern France.

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Octavia Spencer: Ditching the 'sassy black woman' for horror

Octavia Spencer is ready to rip up the rule book, blood-soaked knife in hand.

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Why no one seems to know what ‘obstruction of justice’ actually means

Consider a crime we keep hearing about — obstruction of justice.

Throughout his career John Bolton has taken Winston Churchill’s maxim that ‘jaw-jaw is better than war-war’ and turned it on its head. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

John Bolton: the man driving the US towards war … any war

Donald Trump’s national security adviser is stoking tensions with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, in line with decades of taking the most hawkish position on any given issue

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Facebook co-founder says it’s ‘time to break up’ the social media giant in scathing op-ed

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has called for the break-up of the social media behemoth and lamented the “staggering” and “unchecked” power of CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a lengthy and searing oped.

‘The scale of China’s domestic surveillance apparatus is extraordinary.’ Photograph: Gregor Schuster/Getty Images

Is Chinese-style surveillance coming to the west?

The Chinese model is now being exported – and the results could be terrifying

The legend of Harlem's Apollo Theater

The legend of Harlem's Apollo Theater

Williams does a terrific job of layering decades of iconic music through the film.

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The making of Amazon Prime, the internet’s most successful and devastating membership program

An oral history of the subscription service that changed online shopping forever.

Fans come to take pictures and pay their respects in front of murals of Nipsey Hussle. Photograph: Alex Welsh/The Guardian

'This is historic': How Nipsey Hussle's death inspired peace talks among rival LA gangs

As the city mourned the rapper, local gang members saw an opportunity to unite longstanding rivals. But some fear any truce will be short-lived

The world is in peril, again, in "Avengers: Endgame."Marvel Studios

'Avengers: Endgame,' Marvel's triumphant finale, would be better without the genocide

Real atrocities make everyone weaker, not stronger. Is repurposing them as action-movie tropes actually heroic?

‘ME! amplifies the happily uncool persona that endears her to fans’ ... Taylor Swift. Photograph: PR handout

Taylor Swift's ME! is a musical-inspired return to her happily uncool brand

The first single from Swift’s seventh album is a defiant reassertion of her positivity – a rabidly upbeat ode to individualism

Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, standing, and to his immediate right the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, and the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, at an official reception following their talks in Vladivostok, Russia, on Thursday.CreditCre

Why the summit with Kim is a coup for Putin

Once again, it appears that the Russian leader has been able to position himself as an important diplomatic broker

Best Coachella in recent history?

Best Coachella in recent history?

How can we create programming that's really unique and also captivating to the audience?

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