On February 19th, more than four months since the start of the battle, they launched the next phase of the operation: to retake the west

Iraqi forces face their toughest test in Mosul

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Cheap work-space in London is rare, especially so for struggling artists. Somerset House is opening its doors to them

How London’s biggest tax office became an artist's studio

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Some units of the country’s Golden Division—American-trained special forces that have spearheaded the assault on the city—have seen more than half their men killed or wounded

The battle to retake Mosul has taken a heavy toll on Iraqi troops

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Damien Chazelle’s glittering musical, “La La Land”, is the film to beat in pretty much every category at this years Oscars—deservedly so

Oscars 2017: we predict the winners

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“La La Land” and “Moonlight” are the front-runners for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Critics have labelled this a contest between fantasy and reality. But the films are much more similar than they appear. From The Economist’s 1843 magazine

Why sincerity will beat cynicism at this year’s Oscars

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Andy Warhol, who died 30 years ago today, is an art-world colossus whose work accounts for one-sixth of contemporary-art sales. How did that happen, and is he overrated? From The Economist’s 1843 magazine

Is Andy Warhol really worth it?

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“London likes to think it is the creative capital of the world, but if we don’t nurture and celebrate our artists, how can it be?”

Cities are often too expensive for artists. One man is trying to change that

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We went to Chad to witness attempts to record the last evidence of a lost civilisation

Treasure-hunting in the Sahara desert

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Parachuting into somebody else’s life offers a completely different experience to a hotel, a tent or a holiday rental. The Economist’s 1843 magazine uncovers the charms of the house-swap

House-swapping is the most enriching way to travel

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One of Britain's most innovative drinks creators is mixing up memories in a glass

Cocktails that remind you of your childhood

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Modular phones, with easily replaceable parts, are cheap and environmentally friendly. Will we ever value longevity above the latest model?

Is a smartphone more like a car or a pair of socks?

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A study of Hugo's "Les Misérables" underlines its universal impact

The best books to read right now

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"As long as there are ignorance and poverty on earth, books like this one may not be useless." We recommend what to read, including a story on the international impact of Victor Hugo's classic

How "Les Misérables" changed history

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The Sahara’s rock art is astonishing—and endangered. We went to Chad to document attempts at preserving humanity’s ancient history

How technology is saving the Sahara’s ancient art

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An advance of $1m for any novel is extraordinary; when the book is an unfinished first novel by a young, out-of-work immigrant from Cameroon, something big is happening

A new wave of African novelists is gaining international recognition

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If you don't have to drive, your car will become a "third space" between work or home. This opens up intriguing possibilities for designers

Driverless interiors: could your car become a gym?

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Scientists are creating ever more sophisticated substitutes for meat. But there’s one crucial test: what do they taste like? The Economist’s 1843 magazine finds out

The fake meat taste test

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There may be some Thai dishes you dislike, but there will never be one that bores you. From The Economist’s 1843 magazine

Western Thai food has nothing on Bangkok's tongue-tickling cuisine

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We traveled to Ecuador to taste the world's best chocolate

Ecuador is to chocolate what Bordeaux is to fine wine

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Western Thai restaurants, with their standard menu of satay, Pad Thai and rainbow curry, obscure the tongue-tickling diversity of Thai food. From The Economist’s 1843 magazine

Bangkok: home of the world's most playful cuisine

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