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A black rhino in a holding pen in Zakouma National Park in Chad. Photograph: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images

Conservation groups have welcomed an apparent U-turn by China over the use of rhino and tiger products in traditional medicine. The government in Bei(...)

Hong Ruping, a dialysis patient who illegally imports generic drugs from India for himself and others, at his home in southwestern China. Photorgraph: Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times

Zhang Zhejun used a fat plastic straw to gently tap the pale yellow pharmaceutical powder on to a piece of silver foil that lay on an electronic scale(...)

Bill Gates uses a jar of human faeces as a prop at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing: poor sanitation kills half a million children under the age of five annually. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

The week in numbers: Amazonian affairs 240 US cities that initially responded, with much enthusiasm, to Amazon’s 2017 call for pitches for the honou(...)

Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks as a jar of human feces sits on a podium at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has kicked off a Reinvented Toilet Expo in China by using a jar of human faeces as a sidekick. The former chief(...)

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European equities were little changed at the open as investors held their breath for the US midterm results and as chemicals and industrials climbed a(...)

The Iseq overall index underperformed European peers on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

European shares eased on Monday as last week’s rebound ran out of steam on investor nervousness over fast-rising US interest rates and Washington’s tr(...)

Darragh Doyle of Foodcloud delivering items to Paula Mahon of Jobstown Against Drug Dependency. Photograph: Dave Meehan

At the cosy kitchen of the supported housing agency Sophia Housing, breakfast is over and an English resident named Robbie is sitting with a cup of te(...)

 A bus is lifted out of the Yangtze River by a floating crane in Wanzhou in southwestern China’s Chongqing Municipality. Police said on Friday that a brawl between a passenger and a bus driver was the cause of the bus plunging off a bridge and killing at least 13 people on Sunday. Photograph: Wang Quanchao/Xinhua/AP

In their final moments, the passengers screamed. A woman stood at the front of the bus, slapping the driver with a mobile phone. The driver hit back, (...)

Veterinarians applying bandages and stitches to a de-horned rhinoceros that was left to die by poachers on a ranch in Bela Bela, some 150km north of Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2016. Photograph: Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

China has lifted a quarter-century ban on the scientific and medical use of tiger bones and rhinoceros horn, in a move that conservationists said woul(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe with Chinese premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. Photograph:  Andy Wong/AP

Beijing and Tokyo reset their troubled bilateral relationship on Friday as Shinzo Abe concluded a range of agreements on his first official visit to t(...)

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