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Farewell tech utopia: how governments are readying the web for war
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Farewell tech utopia: how governments are readying the web for war

The web is a frontier in a hardening confrontation between the autocratic world and the democratic one.

  • by Peter Hartcher

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It's time to hold 'digital gangster' Facebook to account: British MPs
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It's time to hold 'digital gangster' Facebook to account: British MPs

A long-awaited report into online misinformation, 'fake news' and privacy breaches reads like a 110-page hate letter to Facebook.

  • by Nick Miller
Skripal taunt: Russian flag hung on church in Salisbury
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Skripal taunt: Russian flag hung on church in Salisbury

Both Skripals survived poisonings the UK has blamed on Russian military intelligence.

'Hotheads': Russia warns against Venezuela intervention
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'Hotheads': Russia warns against Venezuela intervention

Russia is "very much concerned that some hotheads may be considering a military action against Venezuela", according to its ambassador to the UN.

Polar bears have invaded an island town. Locals are terrified of them and climate change
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Polar bears have invaded an island town. Locals are terrified of them and climate change

Fences have risen around kindergartens. Special vehicles transport military personnel to their work sites. Residents of the island settlement are afraid to leave their homes.

  • by Isaac Stanley-Becker
Why South America is the battlefield in a new cold war
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Venezuela Crisis

Why South America is the battlefield in a new cold war

The political crisis in Venezuela shows that Latin America has again become an arena in which rival powers struggle for influence and advantage.

  • by Hal Brands
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Third spy in Skripal poison case may still be in Britain
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Third spy in Skripal poison case may still be in Britain

The Russian military intelligence officer travelled to Britain on the same day as two hit men who tried to assassinate former spy Sergei Skripal.

  • by Robert Mendick
Flush with savings, Russia embarks on big projects
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Flush with savings, Russia embarks on big projects

Russia has become a world-class saver. So much gold has piled up in its central bank that Russia surpassed China last year to become the world's fifth-largest holder of gold.

  • by Andrew E. Kramer
Field trip: North magnetic pole is on the move
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Field trip: North magnetic pole is on the move

Since 2015, magnetic north has been moving towards Siberia at more than 48 kilometres a year.

  • by Sarah Kaplan
Russia steps up development of new long-range missiles
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Russia steps up development of new long-range missiles

Russia has said it will develop a new hypersonic missile and a land-based version of an existing cruise missile by 2021.

  • by Alec Luhn
Russia's shoe on the other foot
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Opinion

Russia's shoe on the other foot

The long-downtrodden motherland has gained some hints of Western decadence, but little of its liberty.

  • by Mark Thomas