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Sunday
22nd May 2022

Around the world

Australia election: Anthony Albanese signals climate policy change

Anthony Albanese vows to take the nation in a new direction, creating a renewable energy superpower.

Zelensky: Only diplomacy can end Ukraine war

Only a negotiated solution will work, says Ukraine's president, as fighting intensifies in Donbas.

In the UK

Deadline approaches for officials set to be named by Sue Gray

Those expected to be identified in the report on No 10 gatherings have until Sunday afternoon to respond.

'How the state tried to silence my abusive agent expose'

BBC News reporter Daniel De Simone on his courtroom fight to reveal how an MI5 agent abused women.

Politics

Social media: Did the pandemic poison online politics?

As the UK spent countless hours online during lockdown, how much has it changed us?

Deadline approaches for officials set to be named by Sue Gray

Those expected to be identified in the report on No 10 gatherings have until Sunday afternoon to respond.

Education

GCSEs and A-levels: Are pupils ready to take exams once more?

As the first exams since 2019 begin, four students reflect on learning in the time of coronavirus.

Natasha Abrahart suicide: University discriminated against student

A judge rules the University of Bristol failed to make adjustments for her social anxiety disorder.

Health

UK charities call for menstrual leave for severe pain

It comes after a draft bill was approved in Spanish parliament to allow three days of leave a month.

Monkeypox: Time to worry or one to ignore?

We are facing an unusual and unprecedented monkeypox outbreak but how worrying is it?

Business

Governments should subsidise food and energy, says IMF boss

Managing director Kristalina Georgieva says state subsidies can help with the cost of living.

Will there be a national rail strike?

A strike ballot of 40,000 members of the RMT union closes on Tuesday.

Science

Future foods: What you could be eating by 2050

Scientists say we need to future-proof our diets in a warming world by eating little-known plants.

What is biodiversity and how are we protecting it?

The planet is experiencing its sixth mass extinction event, but it is hoped action can be agreed.

Technology

Formula milk: Online groups hunt for baby milk during US shortage

A shortage of infant formula across America has led parents to share supply locations online.

WhatsApp to launch customer-business chat feature

Cloud-based software will offer more personalised business using the popular messaging app.

Entertainment

The Hacienda rises again: The Manchester nightclub raves on after 40 years

Forty years after it opened, the legendary nightclub is credited with changing music and Manchester.

Charles and Camilla to star in jubilee EastEnders episode

The royals will join the residents of Albert Square for a Platinum Jubilee street party.