Smoke billows over the Japanese city of Nagasaki after an atomic bomb was dropped on August 9th, 1945. Photograph: Reuters

Polls show most Americans still consider the decision to use atomic weapons in the second World War correct, although support among women and the youn(...)

Hirotami Yamada at the peace memorial in Nagasaki commemorating the victims of the atomic bombing of the city by the US 70 years ago. ‘I saw people so injured ... that you couldn’t tell if they were alive or dead.’ Photograph: David McNeill

Luck and geography decided life or death in Nagasaki. Hirotami Yamada survived because he was at school, more than 3km from the hypocentre of the plut(...)

Australian rules football star Adam Goodes, who is contemplating retirement from the game because of continuing racial abuse. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Adam Goodes should be playing tonight for the Sydney Swans, but instead he is thinking about retiring from the Australian Football League. The 35-yea(...)

Officers carry debris from an unidentified aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island. Photograph: EPA 0:50

Plane debris washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777, a Malaysian official and aviatio(...)

Members of French Gendarmerie and local authorities checking a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft apparently washed ashore in  Réunion island in the Indian Ocean. Photograph: EPA 0:50

Aircraft debris found on a French Indian Ocean island has been flown to France for analysis, with a 6ft section of wing appearing to match the model o(...)

Rescue team members search for the landslide victims at Lumle village in the Kaski district of Nepal. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation’s most popular tre(...)

 Investigators suspect the debris found near Reunion Island could be that of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370. Photograph: How Foo Yeen/Getty Images

Vast, rotating currents sweeping the southern Indian Ocean could have deposited wreckage from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet near Africa, t(...)

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter duration. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter durat(...)

A policeman and a gendarme stand next to a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. Photograph:  Getty Images 0:50

Malaysia is “almost certain” that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said o(...)

Mullah  Omar:  the elusive leader of the Taliban is believed to be dead. Photograph: The New York Times/FBI

Afghanistan said yesterday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ag(...)