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A replica of the Statue of Liberty by Danish artist Jens Galschiot emits smoke in a park outside the 23rd UN Conference of the Parties (COP) climate talks in Bonn. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

UN secretary general António Guterres provided a short but stark briefing note to heads of government gathered in Bonn for the final days of the annua(...)

Lian Bell and Cian O’Brien: Cian: I wished my school had home economics. I would like to be able to sew. Lian: You can borrow my sewing machine anytime.

What do you think is your most dominant character trait? Lian: Probably being really controlled and organised. Cian: Controlled isn’t necessarily (...)

 Theresa May leaves Downing St: A relatively calm week for the British prime minister.  Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

There was an unfamiliar scene in the House of Commons this week as Conservative MPs cheered loudly at the end of Theresa May’s weekly joust with Jerem(...)

Les Carolines: miniature-style eclairs filled with pastry cream are adorable served with afternoon tea. Photograph: Harry Weir

We’ve all grown up admiring chocolate éclairs in cake shops. I remember my first taste of profiteroles slathered in hot chocolate sauce, after my mum (...)

The ‘Jungle’, Calais, in  November 2015.  The first 80 students were taken  from the camp in October 2016 and they were joined by 51 more students last month. Photograph: NurPhoto via Getty Images

Seven women and 124 men from a dozen countries survived the Calais “Jungle” and other refugee encampments to enrol as full-time students at the Univer(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron is received by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, earlier in November 2017. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty

President Emmanuel Macron has invited the embattled Lebanese Sunni leader Saad Hariri, his wife and three children to lunch at the Élysée Palace on Sa(...)

 Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has 14 players unavailable and has to convince the remainder that the All Blacks are beatable. Photograph: Craig Brough/Rueters

Scotland v New Zealand, Murrayfield, 5.15pm - Live on BBC2 & BT Sport 2 New Zealand defeats on European soil are not quite as rare as Scotland wi(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte during the European Social Summit in Gothenburg. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

The EU on Friday took a step towards the harmonisation of social standards throughout the union with the signing of a “pillar” of social rights at it(...)

A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment amid worsening malnutrition in the emergency ward of a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, on Wednesday. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Saudi Arabia has come under strong pressure from UN humanitarian agencies to immediately and unconditionally lift its blockade of Yemen where deprivat(...)

Social justice: lagging behind

A sharp dose of realism can be upsetting. But it is a useful antidote to misconceived notions of achievement. Exceptional progress has been made in re(...)

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