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Anna Akhmatova, June 11, 1889 - March 5, 1966

Pulitzer prize-winning writer ALBERT SCARDINO offers a global perspective on how Britain's national hero is seen.

The year when music came with a sense of optimism, Orientalism - and often surrealism - as pharaohs and fruit provided the inspiration.

American reluctance to fulfil its previous international role is leaving the global stage open to dark forces, says PAUL KNOTT.

IAN WALKER visits the remarkable Polish town which stands testament to both a failed ideology and proud people.

This week marks the centenary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg. IAN WALKER pieces together the events which led up to it, and asks how her killing changed the course of the last century.

Ray Kershaw travels to a city which has been through many reincarnations over the centuries, but none so dramatic or violent as its most recent

At the time, the Mafia looked like it had scored its biggest success with the Lufthansa Heist. Forty years on, the reality looks quite different. IAN WALKER reports.

The economic turmoil of the Great Depression produced plenty of downbeat realism but also escapist whimsy. SOPHIA DEBOICK reports

The Jonestown massacre, 40 years ago this week, ranks as one of humanity's darkest chapters. Is it best understood as an isolated tragedy, or as 
part of the pattern of the grisly history of the 20th century? IAN WALKER reports

The Russian ruler's strategy is short-termist, simple and successful, says John Kampfner. But it is ultimately hollow

A dominant, if unconventional, Irving Berlin was confounding the critics, as music took its first tentative steps towards 'pop'. SOPHIA DEBOICK reports

Germany led in Europe on the back of British guidance while the UK faltered as it distanced itself from the continent, writes Andrew Adonis.

Labour leader flounders as zealots keep of agenda on left and right

Complacency's about fascism's return must end, says our editor-at-large.

We cannot abandon our continent and responsibility for its defence and properity says ANDREW ADONIS

Millionaire Brexiteer Arron Banks walked out of a committee hearing into fake news claiming he did not want to be late for lunch.

In a troubled world, facing multiple threats, the Pope is emerging as an important counterweight to some of the most dangerous forces, says PAUL KNOTT.

Israel is hated beyond reason by the Left because the Left craves an enemy whose evil is as great as their imagined capacity for good

In an epic essay, award-winning composer HOWARD GOODALL chronicles the myriad of ways in which the UK's cultural scene will be a gloomier one as a result of leaving the EU

As relations with Russia become ever chillier, PAUL KNOTT unearths a document from the 1940s with advice on dealing with Moscow which seems remarkably relevant today.

Pulitzer Prize winner ALBERT SCARDINO assesses the mental health of Donald Trump, and the chances of an intervention

In dangerous times, the Labour leader needs to work harder or give way, argues MICHAEL WHITE.

'The Will Of The People ... Once upon a time, I would have thought the phrase absurdly un-British'

The haunting image of a ruined city is nothing new. Here we examine the horrors of urban warfare from Stalingrad to Mosul

Really Theresa May? Consensus? With the "saboteurs", the "enemies of the people"?

Amid a growing sense that Brexit is doomed Sir Vince Cable told the Andrew Marr Show: "The problems are so enormous, the divisions within the two major parties are enormous.

The year of Brexit AKA The year you'll want to forget

1. What would happen if Labour actually won the 2017 general election? Election editor Michael White plays make believe

There have been various proposals for "neutral" international languages to help countries to get along, but politics always get in the way

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