A construction site in Qingdao in China’s Shandong province: Premier Li Keqiang has urged local officials to  avoid bureaucratic delays on infrastructure projects. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

It’s all about infrastructure spending in Asia at the moment, with many economies in the region expanding their investment in transport, communication(...)

The wreckage of  migrant vessels is lit by passing cars at twilight on April 24th, 2015 on the island of Lampedusa, Italy. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

European efforts to save the lives of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean must involve search-and-rescue operations near the shores of Libya, Amne(...)

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(...)

Mothers wait  with their children  in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, during tests for a  vaccine against malaria. Researchers have said that final clinical trials of a possible world-first licensed vaccine for the disease suggest the jab has the ‘potential to prevent millions of cases’.  Photograph:  Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Final clinical trials of a possible world-first licensed vaccine for malaria suggest the jab has the “potential to prevent millions of cases”, researc(...)

Right: Rescued migrants disembarking off the Italian Guardia Costiera vessel in Sicily on Friday.  Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP. Left: Adrian Corish

Everyone thought I was crazy when I moved to Africa in 1989. I was going to live in a place with no televisions, no electricity and a high risk of (...)

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel with British counterpart David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel during the  EU leaders summit in response to the migrant crisis. Photograph: Reuters

As the world watched footage of desperate migrants scrambling to reach European shores this week, the need for a global and European response to the t(...)

A migrant (right) prepares to put on a pair of new shoes after disembarking at the Sicilian harbor of Catania. Some 220 migrants who were rescued at sea off the coast of Libya on Wednesday were taken to the Sicilian port of Catania early on Thursday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

As EU leaders were preparing for an emergency summit in Brussels today to discuss Europe’s ongoing migrant crisis, another boatload of migrants was (...)

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(...)

The development marks the first such success against the strain of Ebola that killed up to 10,000 people in West Africa’s 2014-2015 outbreak. Photograph: Frederick Murphy/CDC/PA Wire

An experimental Ebola drug cured three monkeys intentionally infected with the virus, according to a study published in Nature magazine.The developmen(...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. The catastrophe during the week may have pushed the issue of migration up the European political agenda, but finding a long-term, cohesive solution is likely to prove more difficult. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters 1:00

EU heads of state gather in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit on migration prompted by the deaths of more than 900 people in the Mediterran(...)