Lawrence Krauss, from Arizona State University, helps unveil the Doomsday Clock after the announcement that it would remain at three minutes to midnight, in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The Iran nuclear deal and movement on climate change have prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global cata(...)

With American reviewers likening The November Criminals to The Catcher in the Rye and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, Sam Munson’s debut novel has a(...)

Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who from exile helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. Photograph: the New York Times

Ahmed Chalabi, chief proponent of US-enforced regime change in Iraq, died yesterday at the age of 71 in Baghdad, where he headed the Shia fundamentali(...)

The Long Room Library, Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity College Dublin may have one of the most envied libraries in the world but it’s not resting on its laurels. One hundred and fifty years after o(...)

A 12-year-old girl from the Yazidi minority who says she was raped by an Islamic State fighter, at the refugee camp she and her family now live in in Qadiya, Iraq. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Be(...)

Every chairman will say his board is ego-free. Photograph: Getty Images

Last week I received an email inviting me to join a panel of self-important people talking about something I do not know much about. I said no. It was(...)

Happy days at the New York Stock Exchange: compared with the overall stock market, most actively managed stock mutual funds haven’t performed very well or very consistently. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Nearly anyone with money in the stock market since 2009 has benefited from the great bull market run. But compared with the overall market, most activ(...)

The case of US geologist Xue Feng, detained in China for seven years for allegedly illegally procuring state secrets, has been cited by human rights groups as an example of the vagaries of the Chinese legal and secuirty systems. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters.

An American geologist who was imprisoned for more than seven years on a vague charge of “illegally procuring state secrets” has arrived home to Hou(...)

Commerzbank’s equity stood at €27.6 billion as of September 30th, of which €20.2 billion resided in its core bank

Commerzbank boss Martin Blessing has restored the German lender to health but it is unlikely to meet ambitious 2016 turnaround targets as it faces to(...)

Room service: the A.L.O. by Savioke delivers fresh towels to a hotel guests’ room. Photograph:  Jason Henry/The New York Times

A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items(...)