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(...)

Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We need to confront the hegemonic ethic of individualism and insatiable consumption at the roots of our behaviour and replace it with a new thinking”. The President was speaking at  the Consciouness Summit in Paris.  Photograph: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Two news items about climate change illustrate how public opinion is becoming more aware of the dangers in a year of major choices about how to mitiga(...)

A fire  started by striking French ferry workers caused further delays to traffic on the French side. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron has pledged additional resources to deal with the migrant crisis at Calais, but warned that disruptions to trav(...)

Migrants who managed to pass the police block on the Eurotunnel site race towards the boarding docks in Coquelles near Calais, northern France, on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Illegal immigrants attempting to enter Britain will be returned to their home countries, prime minister David Cameron said yesterday, as migrants cont(...)

India has executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon for his role in a series of co-ordinated attacks that killed hundreds of people in Mumbai in 1993. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images

India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country’s deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme(...)

Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global sales for the first half of 2015, threatening to end the Japanese group’s three-year reign as the world’s top-selling carmaker.

Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global sales for the first half of 2015, threatening to end the Japanese group’s three-year reign as the world’s top-sel(...)

Halliburton’s revenue from North America slumped 38.5 per cent in the second quarter ended June 30th. Photograph:  James Nielsen/Getty Images

Halliburton, the world’s No 2 oilfield services provider, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as costs cuts helped offset the impact of (...)

Photos of  prisoners  are seen in the foreground as representatives of Mitsubishi Materials  apologise to POWs. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Mariko Lochridge in Los Angeles Construction company Mitsubishi Materials has become the first major Japanese company to apologise for using captured(...)

An investor smiles as she walks past an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang,  China, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

China’s recent equity market crash and subsequent rocky recovery has investors worried about too much volatility, although most analysts believe the m(...)