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Tourists on the Ponte della Paglia historic footbridge in Venice in June.

‘Like leaving doors of the Louvre open’: New fee for Venice day-trippers

Italy’s floating city will become the first in the world to charge an entrance fee - but not everyone wants Venice to crack down harder on tourism.

  • by Rob Harris

Opinion & Perspectives

As Ireland grows less benighted, America turns cruel for women

Ireland has leaped into modernity, rejecting religious reactionaries’ insistence on controlling women’s bodies. America, meanwhile, has gone in the opposite direction.

Maureen Dowd
Maureen Dowd

New York Times columnist

People power has brought down Sri Lanka’s ruling dynasty. What now?

Travelling through the Rajapaksa’s stronghold of Hambantota, it was clear that even the family’s diehard supporters were losing faith.

Ruth Pollard

Diverse representation is important, but so is what people stand for

Excitement over the racial background of Boris Johnson’s likely successor obscures one of the risks that come with a focus on cultural identity and representation in politics.

Osman Faruqi
Osman Faruqi

Culture news editor and columnist


North America

Violent insurrectionists loyal to then-president Donald Trump stand outside the US Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.

Prime-time hearing to reveal the most compelling evidence of Trump’s ‘dereliction of duty’

After a year-long investigation, the January 6 inquiry is seeking to wrap up what may be its last hearing, even as its probe continues to heat up.

  • by Hope Yen
In an undated image provided by NASA, and other agencies, Jupiter, center, and its moon Europa, left, seen through the James Webb Space TelescopeÕs NIRCam instrument 2.12 micron filter.

James Webb offers new perspective on something closer to home: Jupiter

Scientists are buzzing over new infrared images of Jupiter, including its icy moons which some think could harbour life in their vast undergound oceans.

  • by Kenneth Chang




More than 4000 couples get married in a ceremony arranged by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church in South Korea in 2005.

Spotlight back on church whose members were once known as ‘Moonies’

The Unification Church was derided as a cult in the 70s. The assassination of Shinzo Abe has unexpectedly brought a new wave of scrutiny to the movement.

  • by Rosa Silverman
Police use tear gas to disperse protesters who stormed the office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday.

Resignation by email: Sri Lankan president quits after touching down in Singapore

A short time after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa landed in Singapore, he emailed his resignation home to Colombo.

  • by Uditha Jayasinghe, Alasdair Pal and Chen Lin

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New Zealand will continue its cut to fuel excise until 2023.

New Zealand extends fuel excise cut until next year in bid to help rising cost of living

New Zealand petrol prices, like elsewhere, have risen sharply since Russia’s attack on Ukraine started in February, contributing to significant inflation.

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