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9 things we learned this week

From religious freedom to chocolate diplomacy, teenage drug-use to Papal advice, these are the subjects we've been talking about over the last seven days

Sikh soldiers in the First World War.

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Politics by other means

To understand the origins of the First World War, we must understand imperial rivalries and the racism that underpinned them

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9 things we learned this week

From robotic hands to crowd-funded literature, from extremism in schools to assisted dying reform, these are the subjects we've been talking about over the last seven days

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9 things we learned this week

From assisted dying reform to women bishops, warming seas to extreme arachnophobia, these are the subjects we've been talking about over the last seven days

Illustration by Martin Nicolausson

Russell's lofty pacifism

He spent a lifetime opposing war – but how well does the legacy of our most famous peace activist stand up to scrutiny? By Jonathan Rée

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9 things we learned this week

From Papal apologies to Brazilian failures, magnetic fields to prime ministerial hangovers, these are the subjects we've been talking about over the last seven days

Teju Cole

The medium and the message

From his novels to his innovative use of social media, Teju Cole encourages his readers to think before they feel, writes Fatema Ahmed

Noah's Ark illustration by Martin Rowson

Stop arking about

It’s regarded as a cuddly Bible tale for children – but is the story of Noah and God’s “genocidal tantrum” really so appropriate?

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9 things we learned this week

From assisted dying to collective worship, coral reefs to US history, these are the subjects we've been talking about over the last seven days

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What is a caliphate?

ISIS has declared a new caliphate in Iraq and Syria - but has overstated its theological authority.

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Should companies have the right to religious freedom?

The US Supreme Court has upheld the right of a corporation to refuse to pay for contraception as part of healthcare plans. Campaigners fear the ruling could open the door to greater discrimination and further erosion of reproductive rights

Nymphomaniac

Against nature

The films of Lars von Trier promise to challenge traditional ethics – but the director is too self-involved to say anything profound, writes Agata Pyzik

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9 things we learned this week

From attacks on press freedom in Egypt to football as a sign of moral decay, these are the subjects we've been talking about over the last seven days

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Could the law over-protect our children?

The government's 'Cinderella' bill would criminalise emotional abuse. For critics it is a sign that state intervention in parenting is going too far. Alex Stevenson reports

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