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P.K. Kunhalikutty, a member of the Indian parliament, speaks to reporters outside the supreme court in New Delhi. The court has deferred a hearing  on a controversial citizenship law. Photograph: T. Narayan/Bloomberg

India’s supreme court has refused to suspend the implementation of a controversial new citizenship law that has triggered countrywide protests in whic(...)

Orchid mantis: The stuff of a child’s dark imaginings. Photograph: istock.

I met an orchid mantis this week. As you do. Native to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, it is a predatory insect that looks unsettlingly like somethi(...)

A CCTV  grab issued by the Crown Prosecution Service ( of the serial rapist Reynhard Sinaga on Princess Street, Manchester. Photograph:  Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire

There is no such thing as a typical rapist. But both Reynhard Sinaga’s friends and victims agree there was nothing about his friendly and unthreateni(...)

 Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga, who has been  jailed for life for raping at least 48 men.  Photograph:  Greater Manchester Police

A man described as “Britain’s most prolific rapist” will never be safe to be released, a court has heard, as he was jailed for a minimum of 30 years a(...)

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The euro area’s manufacturing downturn deepened in December despite renewed monetary stimulus and an easing of trade tensions, damping hopes that the (...)

Congress-JMM alliance workers celebrate results projecting an assembly majority in the Jharkhand state election in Ranchi on Monday. Photograph: Rajesh Kumar/AFP via Getty Images

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conceded defeat on Monday in crucial assembly elections in easter(...)

A worker loading palm oil fruits onto a truck at a plantation in the Nagan Raya district in Aceh province.  Indonesia has filed a WTO lawsuit against the EU over plans to phase out palm oil-based biofuel for cars, the trade ministry said. Photograph:   CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP via Getty Images

Indonesia has filed a lawsuit at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the European Union, claiming the bloc’s restrictions on palm oil-based bio(...)

Photograph: Jason Redmond/AFP

Boeing is considering temporarily halting production of the 737 Max as regulatory clearance for the grounded jet’s return looks increasingly likely to(...)

Lamb and lentil bobotie

I first came across bobotie as a child in South Africa. It’s like the Afrikaans’ twist on shepherd’s pie. It is a comforting yet complex mix of mildly(...)

Pace the festive season so that you do not fall  into the Christmas pud exhausted

While ‘tis the season to be jolly for many, others creak under the pressure of Yuletide. Stress refers to the perception of the situation and the phys(...)

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