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A major investigation into global wildlife crime today names for the first time key traffickers and links their illegal trade to corrupt officials at the highest levels of one Asian country.
The investigation, published by the Guardian, exposes the central role of international organised crime groups in mutilating and killing tens of thousands of animals and threatening to eliminate endangered species including tigers, elephants and rhinos.
Rising violence in 2015 driven by increase in murders of black men and gun crime, as experts brace for political âhysteriaâ amid 2016 election
Murders in the US rose10.8% last year, the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1971, according to data released Monday by the FBI.
The rising violence was driven by an increase in the murders of black men, and by an increase in the number of gun murders. At least 900 more black men were killed in 2015 than in 2014, according to FBI data.
Accusations centre on widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on civilians in rebel-held eastern Aleppo
Russia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session, as hopes of any form of ceasefire were flattened by the scale and ferocity of the Syrian regimeâs assault on eastern Aleppo.
The war crimes accusations centred on the widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city, weapons that Moscowâs accusers say were dropped by Russian aircraft.
Lasantha Wickrematungeâs grave in Colombo has been under armed guard since the new autopsy was announced earlier in September, two months after a military intelligence official was arrested in connection with the killing of the former editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper.
Accord ending 52 years of fighting that has killed a quarter of a million people comes after four years of negotiations
The Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, and the Marxist rebel leader Timochenko will use a pen made from a bullet on Monday to sign an agreement ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and made their nation a byword for violence.
After four years of negotiations in Havana, Santos, 65, and Timochenko, a nom de guerre for 57-year-old revolutionary Rodrigo Londono, will shake hands on Colombian soil for the first time.
Senior police were happy to admit the practice of âencounter killingsâ, in which about 2,000 people died in 2015, Human Rights Watch says
Police in Pakistan may be illegally executing hundreds of people each year in fake âencounter killingsâ, human rights investigators have warned.
The term âencounterâ is a widely understood euphemism for extra-judicial killings in Pakistan. Police accounts often say that criminal or terrorist suspects were shot after they resisted arrest or tried to ambush officers.
Geopolitical struggle and Balkan intrigue mean there is no clear favourite to succeed Ban Ki-moon in the worldâs top diplomatic job
Hacked emails, bogus Twitter accounts, smear allegations and backroom deals. Welcome to the race for the international communityâs top diplomatic job â United Nations secretary general.
The eventual winner of the contest will ascend to become a secular saint, an ambassador of peace and voice of the poor and downtrodden. But the road to such a lofty position is paved with landmines and booby traps.
Guerrilla chief says it is the time to heal wounds, whatever next Sundayâs referendum decides
The leader of Colombiaâs revolutionary guerrilla movement, the Farc, has pledged to maintain the fragile ceasefire that has halted the worldâs longest-running civil war even if the countryâs peace deal is rejected in a plebiscite on 2 October, he has told the Observer.
On Sunday in the Caribbean city of Cartagena, the president of Colombia and the leader of Latin Americaâs most enduring guerrilla insurgency will put their signatures on the agreement that ends more than 50 years of fighting.
Human Rights Watch says football body is breaking its own rules by allowing clubs in occupied Palestinian territories to compete
Footballâs international governing body, Fifa, is facing pressure to rule next month that six Israeli football clubs based in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories should either relocate to Israel or be banned from Fifa-recognised competitions.
One of two archways regarded as natural wonders comes down at Legzira beach, leaving a pile of rubble on Atlantic coast
One of two rock archways at Legzira beach on Moroccoâs Atlantic coast has collapsed. A pile of red rubble was all that was left after the natural wonder near the city of Sidi Ifni, 93 miles (150km) south of Agadir, came down on Friday afternoon.
Often cited as one of the worldâs most beautiful beaches, Legzira is famous for sunsets punctuated by the rock structures jutting out from the cliffs. They were formed over thousands of years by erosion.
Man purporting to be Abubakar Shekau appears in video posted on social media disputing Nigerian militaryâs claims
The Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has rejected statements by the Nigerian military that he was seriously wounded in an airstrike.
In a video posted on social media on Sunday, a man purporting to be Shekau addresses the âtyrants of Nigeria in particular and the west of Africa in general,â saying: âYou broadcast the news and published it in your media outlets that you injured me and killed me, and here I am.â The speaker says: âI will not be killed until my time comes.â
General secretary says comments reported by Berlin politician Jenna Behrends are not isolated and calls for a ânew sensitivityâ
A leader of the German chancellor Angela Merkelâs conservative party has admitted that it has a problem with sexism in its ranks, after a female politician spoke out about vulgar and belittling comments.
Peter Tauber, the general secretary of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that remarks made public by Berlin CDU politician Jenna Behrends were not an isolated incident.
Unconfirmed reports from Hungarian capital suggest incident was caused by device in bag left at the scene
A large explosion âof unknown originâ rocked a building in Budapest late on Saturday, injuring two passing police officers, authorities have said.
The blast occurred at 10.30pm local time (8.30pm GMT) inside or beside a ground floor shop on a major intersection, a police statement said on Sunday, which added that two police officers on patrol were injured and taken to hospital.
Campaign launched over failure of police service to provide female officers with jackets designed for womenâs bodies
A failure by Guardia Civil to provide female officers with bulletproof jackets specifically designed for women is discriminatory, dangerous and is affecting their ability to protect the public, a major Spanish policing group has said.
The United Association of Civil Guards (AUGC), which has 30,000 members, has launched a campaign demanding the nationwide police service affords equal protection to male and female officers.
Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development and four company officials charged for supporting nuclear weapons program and money laundering
The United States has announced criminal charges and economic sanctions against a Chinese company for alleged support of North Koreaâs nuclear weapons program.
The justice department said Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development and four Chinese company officials also named in an indictment had conspired to evade US sanctions on North Korea, violated US regulations against support for designated âweapons of mass destruction proliferatorsâ, and engaged in money laundering.
Sand Storm, a gritty film dealing with the lives of Bedouin women in an impoverished and conservative southern village, is the directorial debut of Elite Zexer, a Jewish-Israeli, and was automatically selected as the Oscar entry after winning the award for best film in Israelâs film and television awards, the Ophirs.
Homa Hoodfar, who was among a string of dual nationals arrested in Irain in recent months, has returned to Canada on âhumanitarian groundsâ
A Canadian-Iranian retired professor has been released from prison on âhumanitarian groundsâ and flown out of Iran, state media reported, ending her months of detention alongside other dual nationals swept up by hardliners in the security services.
Homa Hoodfar returned to Canada via Oman, a brief report on the state-run IRNA news agency said on Monday. The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, hailed her release in a statement, thanking Italy, Switzerland and Oman for their help in the matter.
Lake Urmiaâs grim destiny reflects a wider trend of enviromental problems in Iran, including an over-reliance on dams, extreme weather patterns, climatic changes, poor irrigation practices and unregulated use of water
Long tucked away behind the mountains of northwest Iran, Lake Urmia is becoming a national symbol of environmental degradation that is eliciting public sensitivity and awareness. Launched at the end of August, the âI am Lake Urmiaâ campaign is a grassroots effort to collect a million signatures to push the United Nations to discuss ways to revive this salt lake, which has lost 90% of its surface area since the 1970s.
Sprawling Dadaab is where journalist Asad Hussein was born, raised and educated. Now, Kenya wants to demolish the camp
In a dusty expanse of desert in eastern Kenya sits the worldâs largest refugee settlement, the place I call home.
The camp was set up in 1991 to house Somalis fleeing the civil war. At first, there were three settlements: Ifo, Dagahaley and Hagadera. Ifo II and Kambioos were later added. They are all generally called Dadaab, named after the nearby town 50 miles (80km) from the Somali border.
The country desperately needs peace and national reconciliation. Only this way can it become an asset for Europe, not a burden
Two years ago, the west looked at Ukraine with enthusiasm. These days, the sentiments are closer to despair and fatigue.
My country has not had the European breakthrough that was promised. Those who came to power in Kiev to the applause of western elites now hope that their international partners will turn a blind eye to the way they run the country.
James Barnor helped put black women on the covers of British magazines and documented fashion in a country marching towards independence. Now, aged 87, he has taken to Instagram and a London gallery is exhibiting his work
Paul Marchant shipped 30,000 books from Kent to dusty Qurghonteppa, where he now runs a language school for locals
Qurghonteppa was at the very edge of the Soviet Union, a dusty city in the baking plains of what is now southern Tajikistan, not far from the Afghan border. It is not, at first glance, the kind of place you would expect to find an English library with 30,000 books, everything from bedtime stories to illustrated guides to the gardens of England.
The books were transported wholesale from Kent, after a library in the area closed down a decade ago. They are part of Sworde Teppa, an English-language project designed to help give young Tajiks more opportunities in life.
The closure of Fabric has reignited debate about diversity in western nightlife, but clubbing is coming of age in the new east
Fabric has closed and Londonâs once-great club culture is on its last legs. Enough ink has been spilled over the shortsightedness of Islington councilâs decision, but with rising rents and rapacious property developers forcing London clubs to shut by the dozen in recent years, it was probably only a matter of time.
Still, the closure of such an important venue marks a new phase in the eradication of Londonâs diversity. For year, clubbers have been casting envious glances over at Berlin. Unlike London, Berlinâs local authorities value clubbingâs place at the heart of the cityâs cultural life.
At a tense time on the Korean peninsula, defector Sun Mu is stoking controversy with his satirical works, NK News reports
It was after he fled North Korea in 1990s that artist Sun Mu decided to turn the regimeâs propaganda painting style on its head. He began producing satirical works that have since been described as âDisney characters with a military aestheticâ.
After he settled in South Korea, his work became increasingly provocative, gaining attention for its ability to parody and imitate the North Korean regimeâs social realist style.
The Moscow Times visits the Levada Centre which fears closure after having been added to the Kremlinâs âforeign agentâ list
When Russiaâs most respected independent polling centre received the news that it had been labelled a âforeign agentâ â a Soviet-era term with connotations of espionage â nobody who worked there was surprised.
The ruling came less than two weeks before Russiaâs parliamentary elections and just after Levada had published findings of an 8% drop in the approval ratings of the ruling party, United Russia
German writer Norman Ohlerâs astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world war
The German writer Norman Ohler lives on the top floor of a 19th-century apartment building on the south bank of the river Spree in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Visiting him there is a vertiginous experience. For one thing, he works â and likes to entertain visitors â in what he calls his âwriting towerâ, a flimsy-seeming, glass-walled turret perched right on the very edge of the roof. (Look down, if you dare, and you will see his little boat moored far below.) For another, there is the fact that from this vantage point it is possible to discern two Berlins, one thrusting and breezy, the other spectral and grey. To our left, busy with traffic, is the Oberbaum Bridge, where there was once a cold war checkpoint, and beyond it the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, its doleful length rudely interrupted by the block of luxury flats that went up in 2013. As for the large building immediately opposite, these days itâs the home of Universal Music. Not so very long ago, however, it was the GDRâs egg storage facility.
Does all this press on Ohler as he sits at his desk, the light bouncing off the screen of his laptop? Is it ghostly sometimes? âYes, it is strange,â he says, smiling at my giddiness. But then he has long believed in a certain kind of time travel. âI remember the 90s. The wall had just come down, and I was experimenting with party drugs like ecstasy and LSD. The techno scene had started up, and there were all these empty buildings in the east where the youth [from east and west] would meet for the first time. They were hardcore, some of those guys from the east â they didnât understand foreigners at all â and the ecstasy helped them to lose some of their hatred and suspicion. Sometimes, then, you could step into a room, and you could just see the past. Of course, itâs not like that now. I donât take drugs any more. But I can remember it, and maybe that was why I was able to write this book.â
People in the rebel-controlled east of the city express horror at the impact of the bombs â and fears of what may come next
The roar of the explosion was unlike anything Abdulkafi al-Hamdo had heard before. Stones from a kilometre away fell in front of the home where the teacher had taken shelter with his wife and seven-month-old daughter.
Arriving at the scene in the early afternoon on Friday, he took in the destruction of the Mashhad neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo, and the crater left following the bomb. It was the first time, the opposition claimed, that they had documented the use of bunker-buster bombs in Syriaâs second city.
Bach brothers based in Vietnam and Thailand are responsible for smuggling thousands of tonnes of elephant ivory, rhino horn and other endangered species
There is a simple reason why there is always trouble in Nakhon Phanom. It is the reason why the US air force came here during the Vietnam war, and the reason why this dull and dusty town in north-east Thailand now serves as a primary gateway on the global animal trafficking highway. It is all to do with geography.
Nakhon Phanom, population 30,000, sits on the western bank of the Mekong river and is directly opposite the shortest route across Laos, on the other side of the river, and into Vietnam.
Eight hours before going toe-to-toe at the first presidential debate of the general election campaign, Hillary Clinton has a four-point lead over Donald Trump among likely voters nationwide, according to a just-released Monmouth University poll. Itâs a three-point drop from her lead one month ago, but a more positive position than the latest numbers from Bloomberg, which show Trump taking the lead in race that includes third-party candidates.
Three of the four boys who were teargassed, handcuffed, hooded, and transferred to an adult prison had inadequate medical care, their lawyer says
The teargassing of four boys in Darwinâs Don Dale youth detention centre was âmanifestly unnecessary and unreasonableâ and had no authorisation from any government document, the Northern Territory supreme court has heard.
It also heard allegations that three of the boys were given inadequate medical treatment for the effects of teargas, including one whose eyes were not examined because his spithood was not removed.
Guardian investigation finds one in seven food businesses failed their most recent inspection
Ministers have been urged to make failing takeaways in England and Scotland publicly display their food hygiene scores by a leading backbench MP, after a Guardian investigation found that one in seven had failed their most recent hygiene inspection.
Clive Betts, the chair of the community and local government select committee, said more stringent regulation was necessary to bring the two countries alongside Wales, which insists that restaurants display scores on the premises. Northern Ireland is bringing in a similar requirement shortly.
Priest and founder of the International Association of Exorcists
When Father Benedict Groeschel â a psychologist and priest â was asked for a foreword to the American edition of Gabriele Amorthâs first book, he refused. Though Amorth too was a Roman Catholic cleric, his outlook was âquite foreign to the ideas of the English-speaking worldâ, wrote Groeschel. His fellow priest, he said, inhabited âa world that vacillates between severe rationalism and wild speculationâ.
It was a view of Amorth that was to be expressed several times over the course of his career, as when he denounced yoga or declared that Hitler and Stalin had been possessed by the devil. But then Amorth, who has died aged 91, worked in a field that most people today dismiss as mumbo-jumbo, and one with which many of his fellow Roman Catholics are profoundly uncomfortable.
Fisherman who was catapulted to fame when his story in Rolling Stone magazine helped to spread the ideas of Rastafarianism
By appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone in July 1973, Edwin âCountrymanâ Lothan, who has died of cancer aged 70, helped spread the notion of Rastafarianism, of which he himself appeared to be the personification, to a wider world.
The story, written by Michael Thomas and entitled The Wild Side of Paradise, was an epic piece about Jamaicaâs Rasta culture. Memorably, it described how, when Countryman felt under pressure, he would slip away from his fishermanâs hut and swim out into the Caribbean until he could swim no more. Then he would try and swim back.
Private art gallery shutters exhibit by Jock Sturges after pro-Kremlin senator said the images qualified as child abuse because they shown naked young girls
A private art gallery in Moscow has hastily closed down an exhibition of pictures by US photographer Jock Sturges after a pro-Kremlin senator labelled them child abuse images and a protester threw urine at some of the images.
Sundayâs incident at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, a stoneâs throw from the Kremlin, followed a series of earlier attacks by Russian Orthodox believers and nationalists on displays of modern art.
Rato, a former Spanish economy minister and deputy prime minister, is accused of presiding over a corrupt system that allowed him and other executives to misuse funds when he was the boss of Caja Madrid and Bankia.
Blaine Alan Gibson is a lawyer and amateur âadventurerâ who is on a self-funded quest to trace the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished in 2014
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014, mid-flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people onboard. Two and a half years later, despite the multi-million-dollar investment and efforts of three countries, the plane has yet to be found.
Shift in government policy comes as abuse accusations mount against both Saudi-led coalition and Iran-backed Houthi rebels
The UK has put its name to a call at the UN this week to set up an independent mission to report on human rights abuses in Yemen.
The proposal, which marks a shift in British policy, is due to be voted on at the UN human rights council in Geneva this week and has been welcomed by human rights campaigners, even if it stops short of what some had been seeking.
Australia forced to take part in conciliation at the Hague over maritime border in relation to area that contains an estimated $40bn worth of oil and gas
Timor-Leste will have its case against Australia over a disputed maritime boundary heard by the permanent court of arbitration in the Hague after the court rejected Australiaâs claim that the court had no jurisdiction.
Timor-Leste asked for the process which could decide on which side of the border lies a large oil and gas field over which the two countries have a revenue-sharing agreement.
Britainâs ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, US ambassador Samantha Power and French ambassador Francois Delattre walk out of an emergency security council session on the conflict in Syria on Sunday when the Syrian ambassador begins speaking. Before the protest Rycroft addressed the meeting and accused Russia of war crimes
Republicanâs campaign highlights lengthy discussion between Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on securing borders
Donald Trump attempted to draw parallels between Israelâs separation barrier and his much-touted border wall pledge on Sunday after both presidential nominees met the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
In Trumpâs hour-long meeting with Netanyahu at his Trump Tower penthouse, the two reportedly discussed âat length Israelâs successful experience with a security fence that helped secure its bordersâ, according to the Trump campaign.
Director claims major cinemas are refusing to show his documentary, Yellowing, because they donât want to anger Beijing
As police tear gas rained down on student protesters, Chan Tsz-woon grabbed his Canon 50D camera and raced to the frontline.
It was the night of 28 September 2014 and, as the umbrella movement protests erupted on the streets of Hong Kong, the young filmmaker decided it was his mission to make a visual record of the historic political convulsion.
Kate McWilliams, 26, says easyJet passengers ask about her age all the time
A British woman has become one of the worldâs youngest commercial airline captains at the age of 26. Kate McWilliams, from Carlisle, said she is asked about her age by cabin crew and passengers almost daily and most people are âpleasantly surprised and impressedâ when she tells them.
McWilliams began flying in the air cadets aged 13 before going on a training programme at CTC Aviation in Southampton on her 19th birthday then joining easyJet as a first officer in May 2011. She recently rose to the rank of captain after passing the airlineâs command course. An easyJet spokeswoman said the budget carrier believes McWilliams is the worldâs youngest commercial airline captain.
Prince William to announce addition of temperate rainforest to worldwide conservation network
An unlikely alliance of the Queen, Prince William, the Labour MP Frank Field, Commonwealth countries and Canadian ecologists join forces today to protect one of the largest coastal temperate rainforests in the world: the Great Bear rainforest along the central and west coast of British Columbia.
Prince William is in the Canadian province for a weeklong visit and will announce on Monday that the forest will join an international network of forests designed to involve all 53 countries in the Commonwealth.
Sharon Nkansah has worked on the food safety frontline in Newham, London, for 10 years, and seen the good, bad and the ugly
When youâve been a food safety inspector for as long as Sharon Nkansah, you know how to smell a rat.
âLast month, there was a place I inspected [where] I walked in and you could smell it,â she says. âYou can smell mouse activity. They had droppings in fridges, where they have their sauces, where they have their cutlery; the droppings were everywhere. So I just said: âPull the shutters downâ.â
Sidewalk Labs believes personal car ownership is about to become history, making suburbs more accessible and better for walking and cycling. But what if it simply means people shove each child into a different car to get to school?
A few months ago I interviewed Klaus Bondam, head of the Danish cycling union and formerly Copenhagenâs mayor for roads and infrastructure, and asked him how he saw his city changing in the coming years. The answer was something of a surprise.
âLook at something like car parking,â Bondam told me. âItâs so old fashioned in my eyes. The private ownership of a car â that will end in the next 10 to 15 years. I think itâs going to be a combination of shared cars, of city cars, of public transport, bicycles, electric bicycles, of freight distribution by electric cargo bikes.â
For 45 years, Christiania has stood as a community-led utopia, its cannabis trade central to a liberal culture. But the shooting of a police officer has forced residents to take radical action. As the smoke clears, will it ever be the same again?
Late in the evening on Wednesday 31 August, gunshots were fired in the centre of Christiania, Copenhagenâs semi-autonomous freetown. Three people were injured, including one police officer, who remains in critical condition. The gunman â a 25-year-old Dane who was later shot and killed by the police â is believed to have been involved in Christianiaâs hash trade.
Cannabis has long been sold and enjoyed in this unique neighbourhood, a famous utopian commune in the heart of Denmarkâs capital. Historically a centre of freedom and resistance, it will celebrate on Monday the 45th anniversary of the day that squatters â known as slumstormerene â broke down the barricades of an abandoned military base, creatively activating disused spaces in a time when living conditions were poor. In 1973, the Social Democratic government gave Christiania the official temporary status of âsocial experimentâ â a term that many criticised as its residents had not agreed to participate. Nonetheless, this ruling allowed Christiania to persist, and a majority vote in parliament in 1989 set the Christiania Law in stone, legalising the squat.
On average more than one woman per week is killed in Ecatepec, on the outer edge of Mexico City. But despite living with this constant threat of brutality, local female hip-hop artists are using their music to try to change attitudes
As darkness descends over the imposing green mountains on the outskirts of Mexico City, Luz Reality, a 32-year-old rapper, steps under a faded orange tarp and through a metal security door into the underground venue. Though a veteran of the cityâs hip-hop scene, she admits she still gets unnerved by the constant threat of assault in the areas around Ecatepecâs clandestine concert venues.
In recent months, this barrio has been plagued by a grisly series of abductions and murders. In one case, a woman was found burned on an empty patch of grass. The victim somehow survived the brutal attack and was still alive when police found her, but died later from her injuries.
Tanto si estĂĄs participando en campaĂ±as contra los desplazamientos forzados como si tu ciudad tiene polĂticas para proteger las viviendas asequibles, comparte aquĂ tus historias sobre la gentrificaciĂłn
From abandoned municipal offices to theatres and car parks, informal local movements are reclaiming public space in the Greek capital. With the cityâs progressive mayor on board they could reshape politics too
Navarinou Park â part playground, part open-air cinema, part vegetable garden and verdant oasis â was never meant to be. On that, all of its participants agree. Stavros Stavrides, a professor of architecture at Athensâ National Technical University, is the first to say it; so, too, do the local residents who, spade in hand, also worked to transform an unprepossessing parking lot on the rim of Athensâ edgy Exarcheia district into a vibrant community garden.
âWhoâd have thought?â asks Effie Saroglou, a dancer, walking her dark-haired mutt around the park. âWhoâd have imagined us ever sitting here?â says Yannis Mandris, a musician, watching a grainy rendition of Blade Runner in a makeshift arena on the other side of the lot. Something is stirring in the Greek capital â and in more ways than one Navarinou Park has come to represent it.
Across the world, urban barrier walls divide communities on ethnic, religious and political lines. On International Peace Day, artists are turning these walls of separation into points of connection, in one of the largest ever mural projects
One episode of Game of Thrones tells you all you need to know about how important city walls used to be for defence. But they were also about identity and belonging, as Wendy Pullan, director of Cambridge Universityâs Centre for Urban Conflicts Research, explains: âIf you lived within the walls then you were a citizen; if you didnât then you werenât. The status used to matter a lot.â
In recent times, since the collapse of the iron curtain, one might have imagined separation walls would be less in vogue. But walls within cities, slicing one community from another â whether on ethnic, religious or political lines â are still prevalent from Jerusalem to Belfast, not to mention in war-torn cities such as Homs in Syria.
After years of restoration, the ninth-century Qarawiyyin library in north-eastern Morocco is finally set to reopen â with strict security and a new underground canal system to protect its most prized manuscripts
The caretaker stares at the wrought iron door and its four ancient locks with a gleam in his eyes. Outside, the Moroccan sun shines down upon the ornate coloured tiles of Khizanat al-Qarawiyyin, located in the old medina of Fez. This, it is widely believed, is the oldest library in the world â and soon it will be open to the general public again.
âIt was like healing wounds,â says Aziza Chaouni, a Fez native and the architect tasked with restoring the great library.
From Austinâs howling coyotes to Amsterdamâs cycling etiquette and Abu Dhabiâs taxi drivers, readers share their experiences of settling in a new city
âIt took a while until I actually felt at home here. But everything that had unsettled me about London in the beginning â the hectic pace, the constant noise, the onslaught of people â became an essential part of my daily routine, one that gave me comfort.â (Anonymous, moved from Berlin to London in 2013)
Deals would put the majority of seeds, chemicals and GM traits in the hands of three companies, deepening poverty for small-scale farmers
When an Indian farmer plants his cotton crop, thereâs at least a 75% chance the seeds have been been bought from a company owned by Monsanto. If a Latin American farmer sprays insecticide on her genetically engineered soya beans, the chemical is more than likely to have been provided by German chemical and drugs company Bayer or by US firm Dupont.
And when African farmers add chemicals to their maize fields or plant itâs odds-on that they have come from Swiss company Syngenta.
In 2012, about a quarter of Nigeriaâs 9.2 million pregnancies were unintended. On World Contraception Day, we look at a project that reaches out to communities and battles the stigma around family planning
By rejecting violence, Colombia can achieve social progress and reinvigorate development cornerstones such as education, healthcare and employment
Colombians are facing their most important vote in at least 50 years. With peace negotiations concluded between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) guerrillas, Colombia needs to decide whether to support the peace agreement on the table, or reject it in favour of the continued use of violence to resolve the conflict.
As ever with this kind of decision, there are many compromises to be made; the pursuit of peace is often balanced precariously with the pursuit of justice. But while we should perhaps leave the ethical considerations up to Colombians to decide, one thing seems obvious.
At the age of 13, May Lwin was raped by her father. A draft law formulated with the help of civil society takes aim at the countryâs culture of sexual violence
May Lwinâs* brothers and sisters were playing outside their home when her father raped her.
One of her younger brothers heard the commotion as the 13-year-oldâs father dragged her back inside the house by her hair after she tried to run away. She made it as far as the washing line in the front yard before she tripped.
MPs to press Department for International Development for further details after figures reveal 26% of aid funds will go to other ministries within four years
More than a quarter of UK overseas aid will be spent by ministries other than the Department for International Development by 2019/20, according to figures that have sparked renewed concern about changes to Britainâs aid policy, and the risk of its coffers being raided by other parts of government.
Ministers and academics from France, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Italy, Hungary and UK will vie to succeed Margaret Chan as director general in July 2017
Six candidates from Africa, Asia and Europe â including one Briton â have been nominated for the position of director general of the World Health Organisation, at a time when experts have emphasised the need for the agency to prove it can be âtransparent and accountableâ to the public.
The candidates include current and former government ministers and academics. Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy of France, a former health and foreign minister, makes the list, as does Ethiopiaâs foreign minister â and former health minister â Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Department for International Development says 40% rise in misappropriation of overseas aid funds in 2015-16 down to improved reporting and investigation
Data shows that Britain lost 40% more money through fraud in its overseas aid programmes in 2015-16 compared with the previous year, with the rise attributed to better reporting of its misappropriated funds, according to government officials.
The UK government, which has stuck to a pledge to spend 0.7% of gross domestic product on foreign aid, has come under increasing scrutiny over how it spends its multi-billion pound budget, which some MPs say would be better spent at home.
The initial results from Safe Crossings, a Dutch NGO focusing on preventing global road deaths, showed that the number of accidents on three stretches of the N2 highway between Dhaka and Sylhet in Bangladesh fell from a previous annual average of 110 to 42 in the year after the safety measures were implemented.
Women claim 20 parliamentary seats as move to proportional representation reaps dividends for record number of female candidates
Womenâs rights campaigners in Jordan believe the country is slowly moving towards more progressive political representation after female MPs won 20 of 130 seats in parliamentary elections on Tuesday, compared with 18 out of 150 in the previous parliament.
The growing relevance of women in Jordanian politics, evident in campaign posters clustered at roundabouts and lining roadsides countrywide in the buildup to polling, was reflected in a contest that featured 252 female candidates, the highest number to date.
Steeped in tradition, the annual reed dance festival attracts thousands of Swazi women. But are they forced to parade before Africaâs last absolute monarch?
As a young, unmarried woman, 17-year-old Silondukuhle* was supposed to attend the annual Umhlanga â or reed dance â festival. This year, she refused to go.
âMy parents try to convince me, but I donât want to go. Iâm scared,â says Silondukuhle, standing at the window of her home in Mshingishingini, a hamlet in the northern tip of Swaziland, just a few miles from the border with South Africa. âLast year there was an accident and many of the girls died. One family lost three girls. Iâm scared that it will happen again.â
This is the first of a new series that takes a regular look at what polls can tell us, and, more importantly when polls tell us nothing but junk information. First up, where are the candidates ahead of the first presidential debate of 2016?
In January, I wrote that âin the first 26 days of this year, 186 political polls were releasedâ. Since then, Iâve lost count.
Donald Trump faces a major challenge in the blue-leaning Keystone state. But with 20 electoral votes up for grabs, it may still be a state that is worth the effort
For decades, Republican presidential candidates have had the same relationship with the state of Pennsylvania that Charlie Brown had with a football.
With 20 electoral votes, the Keystone state has always been a tempting prize to aim for. But since 1988, in a geographically diverse state described by Clinton aide James Carville as âPhiladelphia on one side, Pittsburgh on the other and Alabama in betweenâ, the GOP has seen that prize swept away from its sights.
With divided islandâs Greek and Turkish leaders set to talk, many see this as a real chance to end the long-running dispute
The prospect of a breakthrough ending the decades-old division of Cyprus could be delivered at a much-anticipated meeting between the leaders of the islandâs two estranged communities.
Reunification hopes are expected to be reinvigorated on Sunday when the president, Nicos Anastasiades, who heads Greeks in the south, and Mustafa AkÄ±ncÄ±, who heads Turks in the north, hold talks in New York with the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
How important are the forthcoming presidential debates? Todd Graham, director of debate at Southern Illinois University, says they could just decide the election. Graham breaks down the relative strengths and weaknesses of both candidates, and what they need to do to win
Seventy-two hours before 90 minutes to change the White House race, Democrats appealed for fairness. The Republican raised the spectre of media bias
It is 90 minutes that could change the world, but Hillary Clinton is already warning that Donald Trump may overwhelm their first presidential debate on Monday if his âhabitual lyingâ is left unchallenged by the moderator.
Each ceasefire in Syria seems destined to end in disaster despite bringing brief relief, but thereâs hope that even collapsing deals may ultimately bolster peace
Syriaâs descent into ever more vicious civil war has been marked by broken ceasefire deals: major ones brokered by the UN and world powers and smaller local agreements largely born of desperation as rebel groups were out-gunned or worn down by the forces of President Bashar al Assad and his allies.
From touting the successes of stop and frisk in New York to the state of African American communities across the US, hereâs a fact check of Trumpâs statements
âThat was never said, you know that.â â 22 September, Philadelphia.
Only a few hours before he visited Genoâs Steaks in South Philadelphia, Trump told a crowd â and rolling cameras â in Pittsburgh that âdrugs are a very, very big factor in what youâre watching on television at nightâ, referring to riots against police abuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, the night before.
Adam Gabbatt visited Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, to speak to college students about the upcoming election ahead of the much-anticipated first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The debate, which Hofstra is set to host, will be the first of three before the election
Saad Hattar, cousin of prominent and controversial Jordanian writer Nahed Attar, reacts over his fatal shooting on Sunday, saying that his death is a âhuge loss to the nationâ. Nahed Hattar was shot tree times in the head outside Amman court, where he was on trial for posting a cartoon on Facebook which was deemed offensive to Islam
Five people were shot dead in what is believed to have been a single gunman attack at the Cascade mall in Burlington, (105km) north of Seattle. Police described the shooter as Hispanic, wearing a black t-shirt
Cellphone footage shows the moments directly before and after the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. The video, shot by Scottâs wife, shows police warning Scott to âdrop the gunâ as his wife screams that he did not have a weapon. The sound of gunfire is then heard, but not the shooting itself. Scott is then seen lying on the ground
A group of panda cubs living in the Chengdu panda base in China, still unable to walk, learn to sit and climb trees. The online streaming site iPanda.com was launched by China Network Television in 2013 and gives a 24-hour view of how the pandas spend their days. This video shows them on Wednesday, enjoying the sunshine after a meal
A young girl is pulled from rubble on Friday after an airstrike in Aleppo. Rescuers dig out the girl, covered in the wreckage and dust, with their bare hands. She is believed to be the only surviving member of her family from the attack by Syrian and Russian airplanes that killed at least 70 people
Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Parasyuk scuffles with his rival Oleksandr Vilkul on Thursday after a studio debate on Ukraineâs 112 TV channel. Parasyuk lunges for Vilkul, a former Ukrainian deputy prime minister, in a corridor, but is held back by bodyguards
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