The whiff of weed is spreading across the globe as more countries decriminalise the possession of small quantities of cannabis. The Netherlands has(...)

Buddie, the mascot for a pro-marijuana legalization group, ResponsibleOhio, poses for a photo outside the group’s field office in Columbus, Ohio on Friday. Voters have soundly rejected  a measure that would have made it the first US Midwestern state to legalise the recreational use of marijuana, local media projections said. Photograph: Andrew Spear/The New York Times

Ohio voters soundly rejected on Tuesday a measure that would have made it the first US Midwestern state to legalise the recreational use of marijuana,(...)

In Colorado, tax revenue from marijuana is ring-fenced for the upgrade of schools run down as a result of spending cuts.  Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Watching Bob Dylan at Slane, I found clinching evidence of the factual basis of the first line in Lenny Bruce’s autobiography, How To Talk Dirty And I(...)

 The destroyer USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago, one of the areas where Beijing has allegedly been building artificial islands, according to media reports. Photograph:Martin Wright/US Navy /EPA

The US has threatened further naval incursions into waters claimed by China after its naval manoeuvres near two artificial islands in the South China (...)

US president Barack Obama points to Bear Glacier during a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. He used the trip to press home the message that changes unfolding in the Arctic pose an urgent threat to local populations and the rest of the world. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Last April, two experienced polar researchers set off from the remote Canadian outpost of Resolute Bay, planning to ski 400km across the high Arctic. (...)

Reflections on a marriage: Suranne Jones and Bertie Carvel in Doctor Foster

What does a sensible, smart, in-control brunette do when she spots a long blond hair on her husband’s scarf? Why, jump to the conclusion that he’s hav(...)

Anti-tank missiles are displayed at the military parade in Beijing on September 3rd, 2015. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

China put on a muscular display of military might in a parade in Beijing to mark the anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second World War 70 years ag(...)

The US coastguard’s heavy-duty icebreaker Polar Sea is the only one remaining in the fleet. Photograph: Rob Rothway/US Coast Guard/Reuters

United States president Barack Obama yesterday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the US Arctic, where quickly melting (...)

US president Barack Obama set off for a three-day tour of Alaska on Monday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Barack Obama has issued a global call for urgent action to address climate change, declaring that the United States was partly to blame for (...)

US President Barack Obama will team up with  survival expert Bear Grylls in an NBC TV show to explore the impact climate change is having on the environment.  Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama is to venture into the Alaskan wilderness with British adventurer Bear Grylls for a television programme, it has been announced. The US p(...)