Welcome to the weekend.
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Italy's mafia trial of the century
The southern Italian region of Calabria is almost completely controlled by the mafia and home to the 'NDrangheta clan. Now one man is defying death threats to prosecute more than 350 of its members – on Zoom.
Trump's last days in office: How a president unravelled
What was going on in the Maga bunker during Trump's final days in the White House? Who was advising him? And where was Melania?
Opinion: Women aren't all superstar leaders in a crisis. So what?
Thank goodness for Ursula von der Leyen.
The European Commission president has just brought an end to the tiresome idea that female leaders are better in a crisis.
This theory took off last year when it became evident that New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern and Germany's Angela Merkel had something in common with Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen, Finland's Sanna Marin and others of their ilk.
Each woman was doing relatively well at handling the pandemic in her country, so much so that academics began to look into it.
Inside a Covid ward 10 months on: 'Constant trauma every day'
Last April, Damian Whitworth visited the intensive care unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London to find out how staff were coping in the fight against Covid-19. As they deal with the second dramatic surge in cases, he catches up with them again and hears stories of exhaustion, heartbreak and plummeting morale.
• 'The death market': Oxygen shortage leaves Mexicans to die at home
• France's latest Covid measure: Letting workers eat at their desks
• Dying of Covid in a 'separate and unequal' LA hospital
The bogan whip: Kieran McAnulty on pies, religion and his infamous ute
Pie-loving Kieran McAnulty is tasked with keeping Labour's bigger, more diverse caucus in line. Let's hope he manages this better than his messy red ute.
Fashion influencer on surviving Covid – and being trolled for it
She's a Vietnamese heiress and style influencer who was a regular on the front rows of every catwalk show, until in February last year she tested positive for coronavirus and became fashion's patient zero.
In Afghanistan, a booming kidney trade preys on the poor
Amid the bustle of beggars and patients outside the crowded hospital here, there are sellers and buyers, casting wary eyes at one another: The poor, seeking cash for their vital organs, and the gravely ill or their surrogates, looking to buy.
The illegal kidney business is booming in the western city of Herat, fuelled by sprawling slums, the surrounding land's poverty and unending war, an entrepreneurial hospital that advertises itself as the country's first kidney transplantation centre, and officials and doctors who turn a blind eye to organ trafficking.
News of the World is a western to heal us
News of the World is about lonely Captain Kidd (Tom Hanks), a man who travels around Texas reading out the news. He finds a scared young white girl, Johanna (Helena Zengel). For various reasons she had been living happily with Native Americans before being taken from them. Begrudgingly Kidd agrees to return her to her Germanic settler roots.
11 steps to impress your boss and thrive in your job
Managing your relationship with your bosses can be as important as tackling your task list. Tuning in to their preferences, communicating skilfully and earning their trust with stellar work can improve your chances at recognition, raises and promotions.
Could a single vaccine work against all coronaviruses?
The invention of Covid-19 vaccines will be remembered as a milestone in the history of medicine, creating in a matter of months what had before taken up to a decade. But Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Springs, Maryland, isn't satisfied.
"That's not fast enough," he said. More than 2.3 million people around the world have died, and many countries will not have full access to the vaccines for another year or two: "Fast — truly fast — is having it there on day one."
There will be more coronavirus outbreaks in the future. Bats and other mammals are rife with strains and species of this abundant family of viruses. Some of these viruses will inevitably spill over the species barrier and cause new pandemics. It's only a matter of time.
Modjarrad is one of many scientists who for years have been calling for a different kind of vaccine: one that could work against all coronaviruses.
Why Idris Elba chose comedy to tell his most personal story
In the Long Run, a sweetly comic series set in 1980s London, is based on the real-life childhood of an actor best known for intense dramas like The Wire and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Idris Elba talks to The New York Times about the cultural vibrancy of the African and Caribbean communities of 1980s London and why he, as a generally private person, wanted to see his parents' love story on TV.