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Treacherous thoughts about ‘Mummy Merkel’, Germany’s first great female populist

How will the nation recover from Angela Merkel’s political dominance?

Parnell Palme McGuinness
Parnell Palme McGuinness

Columnist and communications adviser

Something ugly happens when we turn murder into social media content

In life, Gabby Petito sought fame. In death, she’s become a consumable brand.

Angela Merkel was the sane one when the lunatics took over the asylum

In an age of demagogues looking for low-hanging fruit, it’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tenacity that the world will miss.


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“To me, he’s one of the real, real greats,” says director John Hillcoat of Williams.

Michael K Williams died from accidental overdose: coroner

The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed the Emmy-nominated actor had taken fentanyl-laced heroin and cocaine before he died.

  • by Cydney Henderson
 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during the Quad summit.

‘We favour freedom’: Quad leaders offer China alternative at historic summit

The leaders deliberately avoided mentioning China by name, but countering the rising superpower dominated every aspect of the summit.

  • by Matthew Knott




Singapore has strengthened rules to curb a COVID-19 outbreak despite the fact most of its population is vaccinated.

Singapore tightens COVID-19 rules despite 80 per cent vaccination rate

Singapore’s latest move to combat COVID-19 appears to shift away from the country’s stated transition toward living with the virus.

  • by Philip J. Heijmans
Walkers brave the wavy, partially 
glass-bottomed, 140-metre-high Ruyi Bridge in China’s Zhejiang province.

Build a glass bridge and get over it – if you’re game

Some of China’s most impressive tourist attractions capitalise on the fear factor.

  • by Madeleine Grey

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