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Campaign posters from different political groups ahead of New Caledonia’s independence referendum, in Noumea. Photograph: Theo Rouby/AFP/Getty Images

The South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia voted against independence from France on Sunday in a long-awaited referendum that capped a 30-year-lon(...)

The report takes into account trading regulations, property rights, contract enforcement, investment laws and the availability of credit

New Zealand is the easiest country in which to do business, according to the latest World Bank report, which ranks 190 economies, taking into account (...)

 File image of Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed in July 2018. File photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea reopened crossing points on their shared border for the first time in 20 years on Tuesday, cementing a stunning re(...)

Founder and chief executive  of WorldRemit Ismail Ahmed: “We’ve made a great start, but we want to bring our service to millions more customers across the globe.”  Photograph: Getty Images

With most of the world’s poorest people not having a bank account, those in most desperate need of money can face the greatest challenges in actually (...)

Sudanese forces fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen gather near the outskirts of the western port city of Hodeidah on Tuesday. Photograph: Najeeb Almahboobi/EPA

A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen’s main port city on Wednesday in the largest battle of the war, aiming to bring the r(...)

The Highland service, called the Deerstalker, is one of the best train journeys in Britain. After Glasgow, it goes past Loch Treig to the foot of Ben Nevis. From Fort William, the line continues to Mallaig, across the Glenfinnan viaduct – of Harry Potter fame

UK London to Fort William Duration: 419 miles/13hr Price (single): From £45/€51. The Caledonian Sleeper, one of Britain’s last sleeper services (the (...)

Posters of Chinese president Xi Jinping and late communist leader Mao Zedong at a market in Beijing on Monday. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images
China's president in perpetuity

These are momentous days in Beijing, where President Xi Jinping is rapidly consolidating his power and dismantling a system of leadership Chinese lead(...)

A warning sign against female genital mutilation in Uganda. The UN estimates more than 200 million girls and women have experienced FGM.  Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) on young women living in Ireland has increased significantly in recent years with the number of women (...)

The Strava global heatmap can highlight areas with an unusually high concentration of connected, exercise-focused individuals. Photograph: Strava heatmap

The Pentagon said on Monday it was reviewing whether it needed to bolster its security protocols after fitness tracking devices broadcast patterns of (...)

The chief foreign beneficiary of Donald Trump’s insularity was Vladimir Putin, who has used his new strength in the Middle East as a springboard to bring Russia back to the geopolitical top table.  Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images
Demons unleashed

Across the western world in 2017, the defining ideological divide was not between left and right, but open versus closed. It was that cleavage – natio(...)

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