Once more unto the data breach

How ransomware could cripple countries, not just companies

Experts think 2023 was a record year for digital attacks

Red alert in the Red Sea

A new Suez crisis threatens the world economy

Global shipping firms are suspending voyages in the Red Sea

COP28 concludes

Climate talks at last lead to a deal on cutting fossil-fuel use

The historic agreement emerged only through bitter compromise

PISA tests

The pandemic’s toll on schooling emerges in awful new exam results

Grades in rich countries were sliding even before covid-19 spread

Islamism on the edge

A religious revolution is under way in the Middle East

Can it survive the Gaza war?

Fighting for survival

Many small islands have no room for manoeuvre at COP28

Simply put, their goal is staving off annihilation

Everything, everywhere, all at once

From Gaza to Ukraine, wars and crises are piling up

How diplomats and generals are running out of bandwidth

New arrivals, old problems

Why migration is in such a mess once more

Violence and poverty are pushing the desperate towards jobs and safety

Social media are not real life

Israel is more popular than social-media posts suggest

In properly weighted opinion polls, support for the Palestinians is much less marked

Views of the Middle East

The culture war over the Gaza war

The conflict is raging on streets and screens in the West

From defence to offence

The three steps on America’s ladder of military escalation

Could America be dragged back into another Middle East war?

Fighting Hamas

Israel needs to resist irrational retaliation

The lessons from past wars on terror