Performers wearing effigies of world leaders (From L) German chancellor Angela Merkel, China’s president Xi Jinping, US president Barack Obama, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and French president Francois Hollande gather for a breakfast organized by Oxfam NGO in Paris, on the eve of the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/ AFP/Getty Images

France has put 24 green activists under house arrest ahead of the United Nations climate talks, using emergency laws put in place following the(...)

Hervé Falciani may not serve any time in a Swiss prison since France typically does not extradite its own citizens. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC’s Geneva private bank who leaked information on clients and their tax situation, has been sentenced(...)

Sunday Morning: Return to eternal summer inside the humid tropical forest of the Biod™me, a glass-roofed nature preserve containing multiple ecosystems. You might glimpse iguanas, frogs, bats, snakes, sloths and other exotic creatures as you wend your way among the dense vegetation, streams and stone caverns. Photograph: Robert Wright / The New York Times
Weekend in . . . Montreal
  • Travel
  • November 28, 2015, 04:00

W inter is right around the corner, and when the going gets cold – like -17 degrees cold – Montrealers get resourceful. Some dodge Canadian win(...)

Le Petit Pois:  in  an old stone building at the end of lane off Victoria Place in Galway city

There’s nothing about the sign for Le Petit Pois that says cool or hip. It’s a cartoonish string of multicoloured peas jumping out of a pod. Glance(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

Roman Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles. File photograph: EPA

A Polish court’s decision to deny the extradition of film-maker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction became le(...)

Wrong to think David Cameron could magic up a brand new EU after a few chats with Angela Merkel and Jean Claude Juncker. - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

To Brexit or not to Brexit is now the biggest question in those parts of the British Isles not ruled from Dublin. The latest opinion poll for t(...)

 Nicolas Hulot: President François Hollande’s special envoy for the climate and a chief organiser of COP21:  “The real question is will it be half a success, a full success or an absolute success?”Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

The COP21 UN climate conference will begin on Monday amid uncertainty about the content of the final agreement, and nervousness over security(...)

 British prime minister David Cameron  in the House of Commons as he argued the case for Britain to join air strikes in Syria. Photograph: AFP Photo/ Getty Images

David Cameron told MPs that attacking Islamic State in Syria would help make the United Kingdom safer, adding that the country could not outsou(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) with German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany has signalled its readiness to provide military assistance - but no ground troops - in the battle against IS in Syria. After meetin(...)