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Four things Zimbabwe can do to recover from the Mugabe era

Zimbabwe has two lost decades to move on from. Fortunately, there are many ways out.

Almost two million UK adults have experienced domestic abuse in the last year

Around 10% of women aged 16 to 24 say they have experienced domestic violence in the last year.

Libya and ICC: not indicting Khalifa Haftar makes mockery of international justice

The Libyan warlord and presidential hopeful looks likely to avoid a summons to The Hague.

Jonnie Peacock's Strictly experience highlights the need to rethink how disability is represented on TV

Should disabled competitors be judged on the same criteria as their able-bodied rivals when it comes to dance competitions?

Debunking the UK's productivity problem

There are different measures of productivity and the nature of the UK's problem depends on which one we are looking at.

Here's what the science says about animal sentience

There's plenty of evidence that even fish have feelings.

One party to rule them all: Cambodia's supreme court rules the dissolution of opposition party

The supreme court ruling to dissolve Cambodia's opposition party further suppresses democracy in the kingdom.

Ratko Mladić convicted – but justice hasn't entirely been served in the Hague

Last of the big trials for UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, but what about high-ranking officials from the other side?

You must remember this: Casablanca turns 75 and remains a classic of wartime propaganda

More than just a romance, Casablanca was an overt call to arms for the US public.

Alarm spreads in Sikh diaspora at arrest of British man Jagtar Singh Johal in India

The case of Jagtar Singh Johal has mobilised the Sikh diaspora.

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on Malcolm Turnbull cancelling the House of Representatives' sitting

Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in Australian politics.

Uber was hacked, so change your password right now. Here's what else you need to know

Uber has admitted that the 2016 data breach puts at risk the personal information of 57 million users.

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on Malcolm Turnbull cancelling the House sitting

Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in Australian politics.

Nepal earthquake reconstruction won't succeed until the vulnerability of survivors is addressed

Reconstruction progress in Nepal has been painfully slow. Building code compliance and better urban planning are a must – but inequitable access to resources undermines recovery.

FactCheck: did the Northbridge WA curfew see a 'dramatic drop' in crime?

Tim Nicholls said the introduction of a youth curfew in the WA suburb of Northbridge 'saw a dramatic drop in crime and a reduction in the anti-social behaviour of young people'. Is that right?

Twenty-five years after the ban on lesbians and gays in the military was lifted, there is much to celebrate

Now, the service chiefs argue that LGBTI inclusion expands the force's diversity, bringing different life experiences, and thus increase the ADF's capabilities.

All fired up: Clay Stories is a triumphant display of contemporary Indigenous ceramics

Clay Stories, a travelling exhibition, showcases ceramic art from Indigenous artists across the country. It is a triumphant display of specific stories and Dreamings, standing against cultural and political amnesia.

Five myths about Australian university graduate outcomes

New analysis reveals surprising insights into five key myths and misconceptions about Australian university student graduate outcomes.

Queensland election: One Nation dominates Twitter debate in the final weeks

With Labor having largely defused the Adani issue, debate on Twitter in the final weeks of the 2017 Queensland election campaign has come to focus chiefly on the role of One Nation.

Is apple cider vinegar really a wonder food?

Folk medicine has favoured apple cider vinegar for centuries and many claims are made for its supposed benefits. But what does the science say?

Missing and murdered Indigenous women inquiry: We must listen and act

Canadians should be listening closely to stories coming from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We need to hear the truth and then help justice move forward.

A team divided: Who is the hero of Justice League?

The reviews are coming in pretty harsh for Justice League. If Superman is awesome and Batman is awesome and Wonder Woman is awesome, shouldn't the three of them together be thrice as awesome?

Can bats help humans survive the next pandemic?

Scientific studies show that bats may carry "coronoviruses" causing SARS and MERS - without showing symptoms of disease. Could the bat immune system be key to human survival in future pandemics?

Indigenous women suffer greatest risk of injury

Research shows that Indigenous women are at greatest risk of injury within Canada. Income, education and housing inequities play a role. So does systemic racism and post-colonial trauma.

Wines and their labels: crafting narratives that speak to us

Wine labels feature a seemingly endless variety of images, type and themes. But an analysis shows that two broad themes dominate, each with four subtypes, all to craft stories that appeal to consumers.

Weekly Dose: Champix's effectiveness is questionable and safety record is concerning

This smoking cessation tablet has been linked to suicides, so why is it still publicly subsidised?

Energy ministers' power policy pow-wow is still driven more by headlines than details

As federal and state energy ministers gather to discuss the Turnbull government's proposed National Energy Guarantee, many of the finer details of the modelling are not yet available.

Friday essay: why grown-ups still need fairy tales

Fairy tales can be brutal, violent, sexual and laden with taboo. But they are are excellent narratives with which to think through a range of human experiences: from disappointment, and fear to envy and grief.

Conservative Christians need to stamp out clergy wife abuse - starting with ending endemic sexism

It is time for fundamentalist Christians to examine their own theology and face up to how it has contributed to the abuse of women, intentionally or otherwise.

More and more older Australians will be homeless unless we act now

The rising number of older Australians is exposing the shortage of housing options and services to meet their needs, putting them at increasing risk of homelessness.

Evidence-based education needs standardised assessment

Standardised tests are a powerful tool for building an evidence base of what works to guide education policy.

The Queensland government is paying more for its debt than the average mortgage holder

The Queensland government pays a higher interest rate than Queensland mortgage holders. Plans for both urban and rural rejuvenation need to start with fixing government finances.

Vital Signs: five economic red flags to watch for in 2018

Any number of implicit and explicit deadlines make 2018 look like a more eventful year than most.

We learn from our mistakes: how to make better predictions from tweets

Twitter can be a useful tool in trying to predict what people think on an issue. So why did a study of almost half a million tweets on the same-sex marriage survey get it wrong?

Threat of expulsion hangs over thousands of Eritreans who sought refuge in Israel and the US

Israel is deporting thousands of Eritrean asylum seekers to Rwanda, while in the US, many face being sent back to the country they fled.

Myanmar and Bangladesh strike a shameful deal on Rohingya refugees

Refugees' rights are protected by international law. Why are the Rohingya being returned home?

Keeping staff satisfied really is good business, says new study

New research reveals a happy work force is likely to increase a business's profitability.

Four big insights into HIV/AIDS that provide hope of finding a vaccine

To get an effective vaccine for HIV/AIDS, scientists need to understand exactly how the virus works and immune system responds to it. African scientists have come one step closer.

Toothless Pan-African Parliament could have meaningful powers. Here's how

The limited "consultative and advisory powers" of the Pan African Parliament hamper the African Union's ability to achieve a prosperous and peaceful Africa as envisioned in its Agenda 2063.

Groundswell against nuclear in South Africa could put paid to a power deal

Even if the nuclear plan can be massaged in South African President Jacob Zuma's interests, it won't be enough to ensure the deal goes through.

Why doctors need to improve the way we discuss assisted dying

At the moment there is too much left unsaid.

Beware the Nursery Gender Police: why church guidance on homophobic and transphobic bullying falls short

Children are often the ones who decide what's 'right' and 'wrong'.

Dolly the sheep didn't develop premature arthritis after all – and that's good news for cloning

New research suggests Dolly's cloning process didn't create health problems.

Five years after deadly factory fire, Bangladesh's garment workers are still vulnerable

Factories that produce fast fashion garments are still highly dangerous workplaces – and not just because they might collapse.

Beware the Nursery Gender Police: why Church guidance on homophobic and transphobic bullying falls short

Children are often the ones who decide what's 'right' and 'wrong'.

Exercise alone does not lead to weight loss in women – in the medium term

Women shouldn't be disheartened by the latest finding that exercise doesn't lead to weight loss in the first month or two. There are other reasons to persist.

Four things the Catalan crisis can teach us about social unity

We need to educate ourselves daily if we aspire to live peacefully in a multicultural society.

No Stone Unturned and why Irish nationalism makes for better cinema than the loyalist cause

Why are there so few films about Northern Ireland's unionists?

It's great that Blue Planet II is pushing hard on plastic pollution in the oceans – but please use facts, not conjecture

The impact of plastic on the ocean is heartbreaking but the science must be watertight to convince everyone that we need to change.

The psychology of Black Friday – how pride and regret influence spending

With the retail industry struggling, the need to lure people into spending has never been greater.