The deaths of 71 people suffocated in a truck on an Austrian motorway last week were not, apparently, enough to awaken Europe to the urgency of the pl(...)

Beijing has spent $200 billion on a failed attempt to prop up the stock market and that foreign exchange reserves fell by $315 billion in the year to July 2015. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

David Daokui Lee, an influential Chinese economist, has argued that: “The stock market sell-off is not the problem…the problem – not a huge one, but a(...)

Writer Wes Craven  known for the “Scream” films and “Nightmare on Elm Street” died at his Los Angeles. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Files 1:09

Wes Craven, a master of horror cinema and a proponent of the slasher genre best known for creating the Freddy Krueger and Scream franchises, died on S(...)

‘Life, unlike crime, was not something you could solve,” observes the retired Parisian police inspector Auguste Jovert in Mark Henshaw’s The Snow Kimo(...)

Donald Trump speaks at a rally  in Mobile, Alabama. Photograph:  Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Some blondes have all the fun. As Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush get more testy, Donald Trump gets more chesty. And more blond. It’s mind-boggling to co(...)

‘Over the last 15 years, I have gained a black belt in the art of Pretending I’ve Seen The West Wing.’ Martin Sheen as President Bartlett. Photograph: Warner Bros/Getty Images

The West Wing was dreadful. Among cultural entities that sensible people recommend that TV show might just be the most irredeemable. Yes, I really am (...)

The unmanned aerial vehicle is, we are told, the new wonder weapon in the “War on Terror”. Circling over Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen or Gaza, these pi(...)

A currency exchange booth in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey is considered by many analysts to be a fragile emerging market, vulnerable to external shocks. Photograph: EPA

The rout in emerging-nation assets has spread, as stocks tumbled around the world and demand for havens spiked on intensifying concern that global gro(...)

A client counts Vietnamese dong banknotes at a bank in Vinh Yen city, Vietnam, yesterday – Vietnam devalued the dong for the third time this year. Photograph: Kham/Reuters

Kazakhstan and Vietnam allowed their currencies to fall yesterday, fuelling expectations of further depreciations among emerging market countries that(...)

US marines raise the US flag while watched over by secretary of state John Kerry at the US embassy in Havana. Photograph: Reuters

The US and Cuba have stopped “being the prisoners of history”, John Kerry said yesterday, as he watched his country’s flag being raised at its embassy(...)