Flooded properties on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater, UK, earlier this year.   Mark Kenber, of the Climate Group, said the 40 per cent cut in emissions agreed yesterday was “not enough to put the EU on a path to net zero emissions by mid-century”. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

EU environment ministers are to begin the process of deciding how to ”share the burden” among member states of implementing Europe’s pledge to cut its(...)

A medic holds a package of an experimental candidate vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV against Ebola virus disease at the University hospital in Geneva. Photograph: Mathilde Missioneiro/Reuters/WHO

Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be availabl(...)

Police officers stand outside the apartment of Dr Craig Spencer, who reportedly tested positive for the Ebola virus on Thursday in New York. Photograph: Jennifer S. Altman/The New York Times

A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City after treating Ebola victims in West Africa tested positive for the virus, sett(...)

A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla from  Morocco on Wednesday. Photograph: José Palazón/Reuters

Behind them lay the makeshift campgrounds where they had spent months living rough, waiting for the right moment to climb the six-metre, razorwire fen(...)

Local residents watch smoke from an explosion rising over the Syrian city of Kobani as they watch the apparent US-led coalition’s airstrike against IS positions in the border region. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Air strikes by US-led forces have killed 553 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: discussion of his much-feted €300bn investment plan likely to be deferred until December summit. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit. A discussion on the EU’s climate and energy framework for 2(...)

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(...)

Environmental advocates participate in the “People’s Walk for Climate Justice”, a walkathon against climate change in the  Philippines. The latest round of UN climate talks are set to “grind to a halt” unless its joint co-chairs find a way of reconciling serious differences between rich and poor countries. Photograph: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

The latest round of UN climate talks “will grind to a halt” unless its joint co-chairs find a way of reconciling serious differences between rich and (...)

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in a handout photograph released earlier this year. He was released by North Korea yesterday after being arrested in May for leaving a bible in a sailor’s club. Photograph: Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released one of three Americans detained in the country taking into consideration “repeated requests” from US preside(...)

The Netherlands outgoing foreign minister Frans Timmermans (right) transfers his duties to Bert Koenders at the foreign ministry in The Hague on October 17th.  Photograph: Valerie Kuypers/ EPA

You probably won’t have heard of Bert Koenders, which is typical of the man. Until last week he was the United Nations chief of mission in Mali, so we(...)