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It’s a living thing

Much of what defines a city’s quality of life can’t be quantified. We take a wider look to rank this year’s 20 best places to live.

Global

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Playing the long game

Everyone from doctors to podcast hosts are saying that ‘longevity’ is the new ‘wellness’. Alexis Self is sceptical.

Global

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Ready for action

The French capital has done much to clean, tidy and tighten itself up ahead of the opening ceremony.

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Going for gold

As the Summer Games approach, we speak to seven contenders – from a wrestler who’s also an MP to a ‘sports soldier’ – about their unique journeys to Paris 2024.

Global

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Inside the labyrinth

Twelve times a year, thousands of parliamentarians and their staff journey to the Alsatian seat of the European Parliament for four days of deliberation. As the far-right ascends across the continent, what lies ahead for…

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The Agenda: The Opener

The stories you should be paying attention to – and the ones you might have missed.

Global

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The Agenda: Opener

Alexis Self on the brave souls determined to break children’s digital fixations. Ready for the fight?

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Blue brigade

A new contingent of French riot police is armed, trained and controversial. Will they be called on when the Olympics roll into town?

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Lines of defence

In an age of ideological division and looming environmental catastrophe, a nation’s ability to ensure its citizens’ safety is more important than ever. Here, we meet some of the people around the world who are working to…

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Persuasive manoeuvres

We celebrate the countries that have mastered the subtler arts of global influence.

Global

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The art of persuasion

As war rages in Europe and tensions rise across the Asia-Pacific region, diplomacy’s long-established pillars are being tested. In the following, we speak to some of the world’s top diplomats to gauge where their profession…

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Paradise cities - part 1

This year’s survey of the best places to enjoy all that life offers finds a world grappling with new urban challenges.

Global

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Soft Power Survey: Part one

With the international order shaken by the war in Ukraine, we celebrate the gentler art of global persuasion.

Global

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Is the way we work really changing?

The nature of work is constantly evolving and what labour will look like in the future is one of the biggest questions facing architects, employers and educators today. Here, our learned panel unpicks some of the issues…

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Heard the one about...?

In the age of media training and social-media outrage, humour has seemingly taken a back seat. But are people in positions of power and prestige really as po-faced as we expect them to be in public? We think not. And to…

Global

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Under the umbrella

As cultural industries faltered in a time of pandemic, two entrepreneurs identified an opportunity. With their new holding company, Cultureworks, they plan to offer a new global platform for creativity – and reshape the…

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World in reach

Our annual survey of the nations that have mastered the gentle art of making friends and influencing people.

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Flake news

Baker Ciro Scognamillo has created a new classic Neapolitan cake, the ‘fiocco di neve’. We take a bite.

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