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Scurvy killed more sailors than shipwrecks, storms and cutlasses, writes Keith Thomson in a new book about pirates

Travelling incognito, we recently gained a rare glimpse inside the secretive gulag state of Eritrea. Our reporter found a country that has taken an even grimmer turn after 19 months of war

Taken together the restricted exports account for 10% of calories on the global market

Should next year’s crop in Ukraine and Russia fail, hundreds of millions more people could fall into poverty. Political unrest will spread, children will be stunted and people will starve

The president’s economic model involves expanding the scope of the least productive part of the economy: the one that is run by the government

China began expanding its role in Africa for the same reason that America and Britain once did: to protect economic interests. But the impact of China’s military activity is unclear

There is no good reason to let civilians own guns that fire rapidly, or magazines that let them kill a room full of people before reloading

Western traditions tend to focus on femininity as something docile. But in other cultures femininity is associated with power and energy

The new “Top Gun” movie offers the same fantasy of benign American power as the original, only even more innocently, as if answering a deeper need for reassurance

It is hardly surprising that UEFA ranks the English and Spanish leagues as the two best

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Just 8.4% of the world’s population live in a “full democracy” according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Democracy Index

Brazil is in desperate need of reform, but Jair Bolsonaro would make a disastrous president. Our cover this week

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Donald Trump is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office

The Nigerian soldiers waited until it was dark, took down CCTV cameras, turned off street lights and opened fire on young protesters kneeling peacefully in the streets

There are now 400 extreme weather events every year, four times as many as in 1970

How India's prime minister and his party are endangering the world's biggest democracy. Our cover this week

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For more than 60 years motor-vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for young people in America. But since 2017 guns have killed more people between the ages of one and 24 ⬇️

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The truth is sinking in that, by attacking Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has committed a catastrophic error. As the scale of his failure becomes clear, Russia will enter the most dangerous moment in this conflict

War is tipping a fragile world towards mass hunger. Fixing that is everyone’s business. Our latest cover story explains how the calamity can be minimised

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