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Texas Republican congressman Ron Wright dies after Covid diagnosis

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Wright, 67, the first member of Congress to die from Covid, was taken to hospital in Dallas two weeks ago after contracting virus

The Texas Republican congressman Ron Wright has died after contracting the coronavirus.

The 67-year-old is the first member of Congress to die of Covid-19. In December, Luke Letlow, a 41-year-old Republican from Louisiana, died before being sworn in.

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Artists urged to shrug off Brexit blues in cross-Channel project

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People in UK and France encouraged to submit work exploring new relationship between two countries

Artists on both sides of the Channel are being encouraged to beat the Brexit blues in a project exploring the new relationship between the UK and France.

I Love You, Moi Non Plus aims to highlight how the arts across all disciplines from painting, illustration, photography, music and writing can break down the borders thrown up by Britain’s departure from the EU.

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Paris Opera to overhaul recruitment practices in diversity push

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New boss Alexander Neef promises shake-up of 350-year-old institution amid fierce ‘culture wars’ debate

The Paris Opera has vowed to overhaul its recruiting practices as it launched a drive towards greater diversity in the heart of its elite ballet company, orchestra and dance school.

The issue has already sparked fierce debate in France, with rightwingers accusing the Opera’s new director general, Alexander Neef, of introducing American-style culture wars into its cloistered arts scene.

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Australia and allies must plan for pushback against China over Taiwan, analyst says

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China Matters thinktank says decision makers need to prepare for ‘all means short of war’ scenario

Australia should plan with allies how to jointly push back if Beijing intensifies pressure on Taiwan, amid fears Xi Jinping could deploy “all means short of war” to seek unification, a leading analyst has argued.

Linda Jakobson, the founding director of the Australia-based China Matters thinktank, said Australia should care about the future of Taiwan as it was the “kind of vibrant, free and democratic society that Australia wants to see flourish across the Indo-Pacific”.

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Huge increase in demand for postgraduate courses as Australians look to upskill

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Some universities have almost doubled domestic enrolments in postgraduate studies but say it won’t make up for loss of international students

Domestic demand for postgraduate courses has nearly doubled at some Australian universities after the billions of dollars lost from the shut-out of international students during the pandemic.

Demand from all domestic students is largely up across universities due to a combination of more year 12 school leavers, fewer students on gap years, and people returning to study because of the recession.

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