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Brazilian leaders have been taken by surprise by a wave of protests sweeping through the country. The people are angry – but the President, Dilma Rousseff, says she is proud of them.
World leaders have promised new international rules on business tax: development campaigners say they could help solve global poverty. Is a solution coming closer?
Athens is facing furious protests following the forced closure of Greece’s state broadcaster ERT. Demonstrators fear the end of free speech. Greek democracy is in crisis.
A great badger cull has begun after the beloved British mammal was found to be spreading disease among cows. Campaigners are furious – but farmers say this is a matter for countryfolk alone.
This year the GDP of emerging economies will outstrip that of the advanced. As the leaders of each bloc’s greatest powers meet, will the new balance of power lead to wealth or war?
Mali was the most musical country in Africa. Then, one year ago, fundamentalists came from the desert to shut the music down. Mali’s musicians are fighting back, but fear a silent future.
A wide-ranging study of British wildlife has revealed the hopes and fears of conservationists for the most endangered species in the UK. Does modern life prevent us valuing nature?
Response teams are desperately searching the rubble of an Oklahoma suburb devastated by a tornado of awesome power. But is our fascination with these terrifying storms ghoulish?
Can the world stomach the latest sustainability recommendation from the United Nations: will you make insects a central part of your diet, to protect the environment and solve world hunger?
Westerners think Pakistan is nothing but chaos and violence, but the success of elections this weekend proves there is more to this youthful democracy than meets the eye. Time for a rethink?
After more than two decades of conflict Somalia is trying to rebuild, but violence is still a daily threat. Can the outside world help this chaotic, troubled nation start a new era of peace?
Yesterday rescuers struggled in a terrible race against time to save victims of the worst recorded industrial accident in Bangladesh. Are Western companies to blame?
Young ‘Dreamers’ who live and work in the shadows of the US without legal status may be offered a path to becoming legitimate members of society. It’s a rare moment of political agreement.
When £14,000 worth of Nutella was pilfered from the back of a German truck this week, the media reacted with hilarity. But food theft may be growing into a serious business.
Saturday was World Weather Day, and the bitter cold was on everyone’s lips. But do seasons still matter in a society where few rely on weather conditions for their livelihoods?
This planet will host nine billion human beings by 2050. Can those extra mouths be fed? There is enough food, says Paul McMahon, but some are taking more than their fair share.
Every year, Gorley Road in Hampshire is flooded with the corpses of amorous toads. The crossing is perilous and, like amphibians worldwide, their numbers are dwindling. Is it time to save the toad?
Communities ravaged by hurricanes, farmers losing crops to drought: global warming is already claiming its first victims. If we do not act fast, humanity’s future could be no future at all.
The global population is booming, and billions more people are demanding the lavish lifestyles of the Western world. Can Earth’s resources cope under the strain?
As ‘rogue nation’ North Korea edges closer to developing a long-range nuclear missile, the theory of deterrence is being tested to destruction. Will fear of reprisals prevent a nuclear strike?