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How Russia is conscripting men to fight in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin is taking desperate measures to avoid defeat on the battlefield

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Why is the electoral cycle of America’s Congress so short?

No other developed democracy gives its legislators such little time

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Why Britons love to queue

The economics of queuing—is it really the best system?

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How the EU intends to collect “windfall profits” from energy firms

Two schemes would aim to collect and redistribute billions of euros

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What does it mean to “lie in state”?

Hundreds of thousands of people will shuffle past Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin in London

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Do Russia’s military setbacks increase the risk of nuclear conflict?

Tactical nuclear weapons are smaller, but using them would carry huge risks

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What is the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation?

Conflicting visions among its growing membership mean it poses little threat to the West

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Why Azerbaijan and Armenia are fighting again

An uneasy truce has broken down just weeks after peace-treaty discussions

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What are HARM, the air-to-surface missiles destroying Russian air-defence radar?

America’s supply of the powerful weapons to Ukraine has given its air force a telling advantage

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What King Charles could mean for the royal finances

The new monarch wants a smaller firm but, without more transparency, costs won’t fall

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How does The Economist’s midterms election model work?

Predicting elections requires simulations—thousands of them

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How should Joe Biden’s economic record be judged?

Most focus on inflation and a jobs boom, but legislation will be his most lasting impact