Ebola

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27 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, having continued talks through the night in Brussels, announced that he had achieved a ‘special status’ for…

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17 October 2015 8:00 am

Home Two groups were launched, one in favour of remaining in the European Union and the other in favour of…

How Spain got blamed for the Spanish flu — and where to find Ebola on a map

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Plagued by stigma The World Health Organisation told doctors to stop naming diseases after people, places and animals so as…

The fox that killed my chickens depressed me more than 250,000 tsunami deaths

4 April 2015 9:00 am

It is hard to know how a tragedy is going to move a person who is not directly affected by…

Spectator letters: Oxfam’s Ebola appeal; what Cumberbatch should have said; and why Prince Charles is right and wrong

7 February 2015 9:00 am

In defence of Oxfam Sir: Mary Wakefield rightly praises Médecins sans Frontières but makes many misinformed claims about Oxfam and…

Do I really care about Ebola? Do you? Does Oxfam?

31 January 2015 9:00 am

It’s strange how quickly we all forgot about Ebola. Speak for yourself, you might say — and I will. Until…

The man who discovered Ebola

31 January 2015 9:00 am

By some quirk of fate, just as news reached the papers that the Scottish nurse who had contracted Ebola while…

Without childhood traumas, how did Alan Bennett ever become a writer?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

‘So — take heart,’ said Alan Bennett, sending us out from his play, Cocktail Sticks, on a cheery note. The…

Actually, Bob, they do know it’s Christmas (we checked)

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Yeah, Bob, they know The answer to the rhetorical question posed by the Band Aid single, ‘Do they know it’s…

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1 November 2014 9:00 am

Home The last British combat troops turned over Camp Bastion in Helmand to Afghan forces and withdrew from Afghanistan after…

Rochester’s special qualities, and the price of Ebola.com

1 November 2014 9:00 am

What’s special about Rochester What is special about Rochester and Strood? — Rochester has the second oldest cathedral and school…

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25 October 2014 9:00 am

Home A hundred firemen could not prevent wooden cooling towers at Didcot B gas-fuelled power station in Oxfordshire from burning…

How Ebola got its name

25 October 2014 9:00 am

It should perhaps be called Yambuku fever, since that was the village in Zaire (as it was then, now the…

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18 October 2014 9:00 am

Home Checks began at British airports for passengers who might have come from west Africa with Ebola fever (even though…

Panic about Ebola in Africa – not here

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Got Ebola yet? Early symptoms are very difficult to distinguish from either winter flu or, indeed, a particularly bad hangover.…

Here’s how to remain cheerful in the face of such a multitude of scares

18 October 2014 9:00 am

I don’t think I can remember a time when there have been so many scares about. They come at us…

There is a way to beat Ebola (and we're already doing it)

11 October 2014 9:00 am

There is something depressing about the fact that it has taken a sick Spanish nurse to put Ebola back on…

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11 October 2014 9:00 am

Home Alan Henning, 47, a British volunteer aid worker taken captive in Syria by Islamic State, was murdered, and footage…

Dealing with trolls the Swedish way

11 October 2014 9:00 am

How to deal with a troll In Scandinavian mythology, trolls were shady creatures who lived below ground and varied in…

The US military should be winning wars, not fighting Ebola

11 October 2014 9:00 am

As a general rule, soldiers should be employed in the business of soldiering — preparing to fight or actually fighting…

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4 October 2014 9:00 am

Home The Commons, having been specially recalled, passed, by 524 votes to 43, a motion supporting ‘the use of UK…

Portrait of the week: Cameron visits UN HQ, Scotland checks its bruises, and a Swede sells his submarine

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, visited New York for talks at the United Nations; he said Britain supported the…

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13 September 2014 9:00 am

Home England suddenly began to take the prospect of Scottish independence seriously after a poll of 1,084 people by YouGov…

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6 September 2014 9:00 am

Home Britain’s terror threat level was raised from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’ in response to fighting in Iraq and Syria, meaning…

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23 August 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, writing of the Islamic State in northern Iraq, said: ‘If we do not act…