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(...)

A man  building  a shelter in the migrant camp  in Calais, France. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The landscapes of emigration, migration, exile and return are complex ones of loss, enrichment, suffering and enduring hope. Every time I hear about t(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

Sorcha asks me if I’d be interested in going to Lecky Picky this year. She actually calls it that as well? I’m like, “Yeah, whatever,” barely even (...)

 Chinese artist and critic of the regime Ai Weiwei  at Munich Airport. Photograph: EPA/Peter Kneffel

British home secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate A(...)

Financier Dermot Desmond has a stake in the business, which focuses its activities on environmental services and plastics together with an investment portfolio. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Irish diversified investment group One51 has received a takeover approach that values the business at €1.80 a share. The opening price offered represe(...)

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(...)

Olivier Herbert and Miquel Ballester Salva of Fairphone, the Dutch company that aims to offer customers a phone made with the fairest possible components.

On average we look at our smartphones 110 times a day. Despite – or perhaps because of – this, most of us look but don’t see what we dig out of our po(...)

Uighur refugee women   in a gated complex in the central city of Kayseri, Turkey. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

For many Chinese, the images coming out of Turkey this month have been ferocious and frightening. Online video clips and photographs from Istanbul hav(...)

US president Barack Obama with African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (right) arrives to speak about security and economic issues and US-Africa relations at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Barack Obama has made a scathing attack on Africa’s culture of presidents-for-life, urging the continent’s leaders to follow the example of George W(...)