A paramilitary police officer outside   the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Amnesty  has urged China  to scrap a new law  which it says is aimed at further smothering civil society. Photograph: Fred Dufour/Getty Images

The Chinese government has passed a strict new law which steps up control of overseas charities and non-governmental organisations, giving police swee(...)

Greenpeace activists protesting at a power plant in Beijing.  Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund and Save the Children are among the few foreign non-profits permitted to operate in China. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

China’s parliament will this week give a final reading to a controversial Bill ramping up control of hundreds of overseas charities and non-governmen(...)

Mossack Fonseca’s office in Panama: Files show client roster that includes drug dealers, Mafia members, corrupt politicians and tax evaders - and wrongdoing galore

Mossack Fonseca & Co. had a problem in Vegas. Legal papers filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas claimed that the Panama-based law firm had(...)

The skull from a white male rhinoceros carcass at the Kruger National Park, South Africa, on Wednesday.  The rhino had to be put down by officials from the park after he was shot and injured by poachers. Photograph: Shiraaz Mohamed/EPA

Despite progress made against rhino poaching in South Africa and Kenya last year, the slaughter of the endangered species across the African continent(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry during a news conference at the COP21 conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/AFP/Getty Images

Clear choices now face ministers at COP21 on all of the key issues – including whether to set the long-term goal of limiting global warming to 2 degre(...)

UN climate change head Christiana Figueres:  no single issue had been finalised or cleared. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Two new draft documents on a possible climate change accord were published in Paris yesterday as negotiators reported tangible but slow progress in t(...)

Dr Dick Feely, senior scientist with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A global expert on ocean acidification has urged Ireland to become involved in monitoring its potential impact on the State’s multimillion-euro seaf(...)

In 2010, a scorching summer left bears in Siberia so hungry that some began digging up human graves. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Dozens of hungry bears have besieged a small town in Russia’s far east, roaming the streets and attacking residents. In the past month, more than 30 b(...)

Bumble bee feeding from a cosmos flower. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Bad days, we all have them. Something happens, and suddenly you find yourself briefly but uncomfortably at odds with the world. I was having such a(...)

Target: a protest outside James Palmer’s practice. Photograph: Eric Miller/Reuters

With modern technology and firepower it takes little courage and even less skill to kill wild animals. This week James Palmer, a US dentist and recrea(...)