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‘Running out of lives’: How vulnerable is Boris Johnson?
A stunning by-election loss follows a series of crises that have damaged the prime minister’s claim to be a political winner

Elon Musk: Interview with FT’s Person of the Year
The controversial Tesla chief executive has triggered a historic shift in the auto industry towards electric vehicles

Inflation tracker: the latest figures as countries grapple with rising prices
The FT analyses the rise in consumer and house prices globally and assesses how long trends may last

Line chart of Annual % change on consumer price index showing Inflation has surged in many countries this year

Best Books of the Year 2021
From politics, economics and history to art, food and, of course, fiction — FT writers and critics pick their favourite reads in our annual round-up of publishing highlights

California hit by record rain and heavy snow months after severe fires
Storm system causes mudslides and prompts evacuations in the south of US’s most populous state

Southern California experiences record rainfall. Mao animation showing forecast rainfall for Dec 14 and 15.  Up 200mm (8 inches) of rain fell in parts of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties in a little over 24 hours

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Politics: Graham Goodlad picks for Human rights: UK to inject ‘common sense’ into human rights legislation. Read all our Politics picks here

Economics: David Dike picks for Demand and supply: Beware the property trap ensnaring young buyers. Read all our Economics picks here 

IB DP Theory of knowledge: Michael Dunn picks for Technology: Workers demand gig economy companies explain their algorithms. Read all our Theory of Knowledge picks here

Geography: Read all our Geography picks here

Business: Read all our Business picks here

IB DP History: Read all our History picks here

Student picks

We encourage student readers to select FT articles they found interesting and tell us why. Email your ideas to schools@ft.com

Cameron Allen at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford: Electric vehicles — the political cop-out
Winner of the Royal Geographical Society/FT student competition

Amal Dhanesh at Dubai College picks Fed to pivot to swift action on inflation in face of spiking prices. Useful in helping me build up a picture of the current sentiment in the US, along with plans monetary policymakers have for the near future.

Ishaq Ullah at Eltham College picks China’s self-isolation is a global concern. Provides an insight to how China’s closing off from the outside world could potentially lead to its decline, with useful information on geopolitical relations, and how China has a great deal of influence in the world economy.

One to watch

Nick Clegg’s first interview in the metaverse
Step inside the Metaverse as the UK’s former deputy PM takes on avatar form to talk to the FT’s Henry Mance about the future of technology, immersive digital worlds, the challenges of regulation, and his own role within the company

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