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One story every day to make sense of the world

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A fearless Italian prosecutor is trying to free Italy from the grip of organised crime  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jacob Blake was shot 7 times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin last August - another high-profile victim of police violence. But now the district attorney has decided not to press charges against the police. How can that be?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Can the American government get its hands on Julian Assange, one of its most wanted?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Where is Jack Ma?

Where is Jack Ma?

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One of the richest men in the world seems to have disappeared. What's going on?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
How did an overabundance of caution help cause a Covid crisis among pregnant women?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The UK has left the European Union. Why is trying now to renegotiate the way it left?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Last week, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund took a controlling stake of Newcastle United for £300m. It’s the most controversial Premier League takeover to date. But who’s pulling all the strings?   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Gas bills are rocketing - but there's supposed to be a 'price cap' on them to protect consumers. Why isn't it working?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A British court ruled last week that Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, had used one of the most powerful surveillance tools available to security services to spy on his ex-wife in the middle of a custody case.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A Russian actor and director are about to become the first to film a movie in space. Why are they doing it?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The leak of financial documents known as the Pandora Papers shines a light on 'shell companies' which allow people to hide their wealth. Has the time come for tax authorities to clamp down on them?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After Sarah Everard's murder, there are now going to be two separate inquiries into the culture of the Metropolitan Police. What chance do they have of bringing about real change?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Last year Boris Johnson announced a lockdown and Christmas was cancelled. This time round, things are looking up. But as food, fuel and toy shortages worsen, will Christmas be cancelled again? You can get the Sensemaker newsletter as an email delivered to your inbox once a day. It’s our editors’ pick of the stories that matter most right now, and why, in brief. You can sign up here for free.  Or, if you’d like to join Tortoise as a fully-fledged member, activate your 30-day free trial to access all our journalism.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After the Taliban took over in Afghanistan, the UK agreed to take thousands of refugees. What's happening to them?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Right wing extremists have started to turn to cryptocurrencies as they've been sidelined by big financial institutions. But they might prosper in the shadows.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Pfizer makes one of the most important vaccines against Covid-19. Did it go beyond supporting its own vaccine and start undermining others?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After almost three years, a tit-for-tat row over the arrest of a Huawei executive for fraud has finally come to an end. Two men called Michael paid a heavy price.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A shocking report into the birth and death of a baby in prison has sparked a debate about whether prison can ever be a safe place for pregnant women.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Heidi Crowter has Down's Syndrome. She fought to change a UK law which allows women with a Down's baby to have an abortion much later in pregnancy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The streaming giant has bought the rights to Roald Dahl’s estate. Is this the start of a new cinematic universe?   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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