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Recent articles by samantha:

As Italy emerges from coronavirus COVID-19 catastrophe, families try to recover loved ones from a lonely grave

Bereaved families in the Lombardy region battle in the washup of the country's devastating pandemic to provide loved ones with a proper burial they were cruelly robbed of. → Read More

Pubs and restaurants reopen in England after coronavirus lockdown

As coronavirus restrictions ease in the UK, a nation known for enjoying a pint, or two, is allowed back into the pub. → Read More

Boris Johnson returns to address a fatigued nation after coronavirus scare. But it was mostly colourful words

During Boris Johnson's three-week absence there was clearly a vacuum, as Britain limped along with no clear leader. Now, the UK Prime Minister returns to the lectern at Downing Street as enthusiastic as ever, writes Samantha Hawley. → Read More

'Something's not right here': 250,000 Britons went to the races while Darrell was dying of COVID-19

While Jonathan Blakeley's father was dying of coronavirus in Manchester, the British Government did nothing to stop a quarter of a million people gathering for the Cheltenham races. Now people want to know why. → Read More

Coronavirus has infected 2,000 UK care homes but their deaths aren't included in the daily tally

With coronavirus confirmed in 2,000 British care homes, advocates say frightened staff are reporting increasing cases of COVID-19 among residents, but they've been instructed not to take them to hospital. → Read More

World Health Organisation admits 'we are still learning' about coronavirus

Each nation is making its own announcements, its own determinations and politicians in individual countries will be judged when we come out the other side. Whenever that may be, writes Samantha Hawley. → Read More

The UK's coronavirus problem is getting worse

It's now all too clear the UK is not only on the same trajectory as Italy and Spain, but could very well surpass them and become the worst-affected nation in Europe, writes Samantha Hawley. → Read More

Vatican 'welcomes' overturning of George Pell's conviction, Pope tweets cryptic message

For the Vatican the decision to overturn Cardinal George Pell's conviction is a victory, with Pope Francis seeming to refer to the Australian cleric in a cryptic message. → Read More

Boris Johnson's battle with coronavirus begs the question: was the public told the truth?

Just hours before he was admitted to intensive care, Downing Street was insisting Mr Johnson was still well enough to govern. But, as Samantha Hawley asks, was he really? → Read More

Coronavirus in Spain is 'frightening on every level'. So how did things get so bad there?

Spain is on a horrifying upward trajectory, having surpassed China in the number of coronavirus cases. Locals are frightened, the health system is under pressure and some experts suspect part of the outbreak may date back to a February soccer match in Italy. → Read More

Russia engaged in 'textbook' disinformation campaign, MH17 trial told

Prosecutors say it is possible Russia successfully hacked the multi-nation investigation into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. → Read More

Mixed emotions as MH17 trial gets underway in the Netherlands

The families of victims sit in silence as the names of all 298 victims of the 2014 disaster are read aloud to a Dutch court at the start of the murder trial of four accused fugitives. → Read More

'A spectator at Wimbledon': Assange asks to be released from dock for extradition hearing

Breaking his silence, Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange asks the court for leave to sit with his legal team, saying it was difficult and very unfair to be placed behind glass in the dock. → Read More

Saudi Arabia issues tourism visas as it adjusts its economy away from oil dependence

The ancient tombs of a southern Nabatean kingdom, towering over desert sands once travelled by Lawrence of Arabia, have rarely been filmed until now. → Read More

Julian Assange offered presidential pardon from Donald Trump to say Russia not involved in Democrats hack, court hears

A court in London heard an allegation that Julian Assange was offered a presidential pardon if he agreed to say that Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic party emails. → Read More

'Big change' in UK Government's attitude to Julian Assange and extradition to US, Jeremy Corbyn says

British Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn says he is surprised by what he sees as a shift in the British Government's position on Julian Assange and the UK's unbalanced extradition relationship with the United States. → Read More

Israel Folau stars in Catalans Dragons debut but Super League still uneasy with Australian's signing

Catalans Dragons fans come to support Israel Folau with open arms and he does not disappoint, but the team's sponsors are being pressured to withdraw support and a team is threatening legal action if they suffer over the controversial Australian's signing. → Read More

Boris Johnson is relishing his Brexit victory, but this will probably be the hardest year of his life

After almost four years of agony, marked by one referendum, two elections and three prime ministers, the split has been delivered and Brexit can be banished to the sidelines — but not for long, writes Samantha Hawley. → Read More

Harry and Meghan shedding royal highness titles signifies we've entered a new era for the Royals

We've entered a new era for the Royal family, pushed along by a couple who demanded something different and got it, Samantha Hawley writes. → Read More

The Queen juggles compassion for Prince Harry and Meghan with protecting the Royal brand

The Queen's statement supports and respects her grandson and his wife's desire to step down, but she makes it clear she wants an end to damaging speculation about the Royal's family's future. → Read More