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Heaping on the caviar diplomacy

How does an autocratic regime divert attention abroad from its human-rights record and discourage the opposition at home? In the case of Azerbaijan, through lavish extravaganzas and high-end lobbying

Eton and the making of a modern elite

The world’s most famous school aspires to become an agent of social change; but, as old boy Christopher de Bellaigue learns when he goes back, it is also an increasingly effective way for the global elite to give its offspring an expensive leg up in life

To boldly go...

Slash fiction – a branch of fan fiction that imagines straight heroes getting together – is strangely popular among straight women. Helen Joyce examines the light it sheds on female sexuality

The lunatic express

When he took the Nairobi-Mombasa train, Daniel Knowles saw a side of Kenya that is disappearing – which, in some ways, is just as well

The wolf at the door

Wolves are breeding rapidly across Europe. In central Greece, Adam Nicolson finds shepherds and conservationists at odds over how to deal with their incursions

Minds turned to ash

Is burnout simply the result of working too hard? Josh Cohen argues that the root of the problem lies deeper than that

One tiny leap

It may seem minuscule, but a row over a missing second could cause chaos in financial markets and deprive Britain of its position at the centre of the world’s time. Tom Whipple investigates

Knowing Boris

Is Boris Johnson – the face of the campaign to leave the European Union – Britain’s most authentic politician or an actor playing the part? Jeremy Cliffe reckons he’s a bit of both

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