A married couple from Brooklyn advocating for marriage equality outside the US supreme court. Photograph: Johnny Bivera/AFP/Getty Images

The latest salvo in the debate over marriage equality in the US is nothing if not inventive. A brief filed by a group of 100 lawyers and university(...)

Migrants, many fleeing Syria, arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland has nothing to fear from immigration and should take its “fair share” of migrants to help ease the crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean, a(...)

MEPs want to see labels on drinks setting out their calorific content in addition to their alcohol content. Alcoholic drinks that contain more than 1.2 per cent alcohol by volume are exempt from EU regulations on nutritional labelling that came into force in 2011 covering all food and soft drinks. Photograph: PA

MEPs have called on the European Commission to introduce mandatory labelling of calories for alcoholic drinks by 2016 as part of a broader EU strategy(...)

Prof Stephen O’Rahilly, who discovered the obesity gene affecting children, is head of  clinical biochemistry and director of the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge. Photograph: Phil Mynott

Stephen O’Rahilly struggles with his weight. “I have a very powerful appetite, I eat too much. I would find it impossible to skip lunch,” the Cambridg(...)

Fiskekyrkan (The Fish House) one of Gothernburg’s top restaurants Fiskekyrkan

G ive me a second city any day. They’re funnier and more friendly than a glossy and poised capital. Self-deprecation is the schtick of Gothenburg, (...)

 Martin von Hildebrand: spearheading what may be the world’s largest protected area extending across the Amazon basin from the Andes to the Atlantic. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Climate change can only be tackled if it is “not just a white man’s project”, leading Colombian ethnologist and Irish graduate Dr Martin von Hildebran(...)

Ethiopia’s Shumi Gerbaba Eticha looks behind him during the Stockholm Marathon on June 1st, 2013. Eticha won the event. Photograph: AFP

Accusations of racism have forced organisers of the Stockholm Marathon to change their proposed plan to give prizemoney to only Nordic runners.The org(...)

EU leaders at an emergency summit on the migration crisis on the Mediterranean.   Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hun(...)

Five wolf hunters were sentenced to jail in Norway on Tuesday as part of an unprecedented environmental crackdown aimed at protecting a stock of about 35 wolves living in the country’s eastern pine forests. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Five wolf hunters were sentenced to jail in Norway on Tuesday as part of an unprecedented environmental crackdown aimed at protecting a stock of (...)

Local residents and rescue workers help a migrant woman after a boat carrying migrants sank off the island of Rhodes, southeastern Greece, on April 20th, 2015.  Photograph: Argiris Mantikos/AFP/Getty Images

Figures compiled by the International Organisation for Migration show that, as of last Thursday, the Italian Coast Guard, the Italian Navy and commerc(...)