Year--round menace: goats climb argan trees for food, particularly in dry winters. Photograph: Perry McKenna/Getty Images

We often don’t notice what’s in front of our noses. And it’s in that failure to pay attention to the obvious and ubiquitous – until it’s gone – that m(...)

People in costume celebrate carnival in Cologne on Thursday. The city is spending close to €500,000 on police, paramedics and new equipment after the sexual assults suffered by women on New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Maja Hitij/EPA

Cologne’s women have donned their costumes and put on their face paint for the annual four-day carnival festivities on the Rhine, but their celebrator(...)

“It’s new that weapons of war are being used”:  the recovered M52 hand grenade  which had been thrown into a migrant home in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

Migration tensions have escalated further in Germany after a hand grenade was lobbed into an asylum home in a small Black Forest town early Friday mo(...)

A fireman removes part of a damaged facade of a building in Melilla, Spain after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake. Photograph: Jesus Blasco de Avellaneda/Reuters

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the Mediterranean early on Monday, causing some material damage in southern Spain and northern Morocco, although (...)

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir  and US Secretary of State John Kerry: there has been a decades-long relationship between the spy services of Saudi Arabia and the United States. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP/Getty Images

When President Barack Obama secretly authorised the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew (...)

Leila Alaoui: the photographer, whose work has been shown in Paris, Dubai and New York,   died aged 32 following a terrorist attack  in Burkina Faso. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Leila Alaoui, who has died aged 32 following a terrorist attack, was a French-Moroccan photographer whose beautiful images chronicled the themes of mi(...)

The warning was stark and to the point. “You don’t want to get stuck out here. If you do, you’ll probably die.” “Here” is a dirt track somewhere be(...)

 Arriving in Gevgelija: After their ordeals, many refugees are  content to wait a while in the southern Macedonia town where local and international aid groups offer food, clothes, medical help and other crucial services. Photograph: Boris Grdanoski/AP

It is late on a dank and foggy night in a transit camp for refugees in southern Macedonia, and the next train north won’t leave for several hours. Mo(...)

Fionnuala Walsh trains off the west Clare coast

Fionnuala Walsh’s mother couldn’t swim, so she made sure her six children could. Growing up on the Shannon Estuary, the record-breaking long-distance(...)

Women and children migrants in the Serbian village of Miratovac after crossing the Macedonian border.  Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Lamine Buasida placed his sodden shoes in the weak winter sunshine, peeled off his soaking socks and gingerly rubbed his painful feet. Their soles wer(...)