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Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte arrives at Wattay international airport in Vientiane for a regional summit on Monday. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

The president of the Philippines has escalated his campaign of obscene abuse at perceived opponents, foreign and domestic, by calling Barack Obama a (...)

 Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing guests during a wreath-laying ceremony in observance of National Heroes Day at the Heroes Cemetery in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines,  August 29th,  2016. Photograph: Ace Morandante/PPD/EPA

The number of drug-related killings in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte became president two months ago on a pledge to wipe out the illegal drug (...)

Photograph taken in Singapore last April shows a worker fumigating an area against mosquitoes. File photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Singapore authorities have confirmed 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, which in Brazil has been linked to a rare birth defect, and said mor(...)

“The core message is: aid works.”Concern  chief executive Dominic MacSorley in Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Concern Worldwide US

The past few years have been trying for aid agencies. Global progress in reducing extreme hunger has coincided with a spike in large-scale armed confl(...)

Scolopendra cataracta is the world’s first known amphibious centipede. Photograph: Zoo Keys/Guardian

Scientists have discovered the world’s first known amphibious centipede, which grows up to 20cm (nearly 8in) long and has an excruciating bite. Sco(...)

 Refugees and migrants face Macedonian soldiers at the border fence with Greece  on April 11, 2016.  BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

Across the world, women, men and children are being forced to leave their land. It is their distress that creates in them a motivation to leave. That (...)

Gillian Ackland and her partner Donal on day 155 of their trip in Vietnam

I have always suffered from wanderlust, but it was only when my boyfriend and I decided to move to Canada that the opportunity to see the world arose.(...)

Weekend in ... Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Travel
  • December 19, 2015, 04:00

In Southeast Asia, where preserving cultural heritage often takes a back seat to breakneck tourist development, Luang Prabang is a happy surprise: a (...)

O’Neill recaptioned this photograph to read: “This is the only shoot I’ve ever done that I actually enjoyed.”

An Australian teenager with more than half a million followers on Instagram has quit the platform, describing it as “contrived perfection made to get (...)

There’s a literary feast awaiting the country in the coming week, with three festivals taking place. We’ve rounded up some places to fill your bell(...)

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