Pope Francis  has called world hunger “one of the most dramatic paradoxes of our time which we are witnessing helplessly and often with indifference”.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis will today address the second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, organised by the UN bodies, the Food and Agriculture Organis(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “The Barbaros ship will continue to do its seismic studies . .  nobody should try to create a crisis.” Photograph: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Cyprus’s president Nikos Anastasiades is to raise Turkey’s incursion into the island’s maritime exclusion zone at today’s European Council summit in B(...)

Demonstrators near Central Park during the People’s Climate March in New York yesterday. Photograph: Timothy Fadek/Bloomberg

Billed as “the biggest climate demonstration in history”, hundreds of thousands of people – activists, students, celebrities and even some environm(...)

The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is lit up with a message announcing a global mobilisation over climate change – the People’s Climate march, a demonstration to raise awareness about climate change, was held yesterday around the world, in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit tomorrow. Photo: Reuters/Pilar Olivares

The last time so many world leaders gathered to talk about climate change, it was an unmitigated debacle: the 2009 Copenhagen summit – intended to (...)

Uganda breakthrough
  • Africa
  • August 5, 2014, 01:00

Although the decision was based largely on procedural failings, Friday’s welcome ruling by Uganda’s supreme court throwing out the country’s controver(...)

Speaking in Cairo, US secretary of state John Kerry said both sides still had some “terminology” to agree on but that they had a “fundamental framework” for a ceasefire. Photograph: EPA

  The prospects of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip were in the balance last night after Israel rejected a proposal tabled by US secretary of(...)

Israeli tanks manoeuvre outside the northern Gaza Strip. The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon is on his way to the Middle East today to help end the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon is on his way to the Middle East today to help end the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. At an e(...)

A doll lies among the rubble of a destroyed building following an airstrike in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

An Israeli ground offensive into Gaza looks increasingly likely this weekend as rocket fire from the Palestinian coastal enclave continues despite r(...)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon after giving a speech on Syria entitled at the Asia Society Policy Institute in Manhattan, New York today. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council today to impose an arms embargo on Syria, describing foreign powers and groups as “irrespo(...)

* Al Qaeda splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Sources: M Izady - Gulf 2000 Project/Columbia University/Reuters

US president Barack Obama last night threatened US military strikes in Iraq against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to threa(...)