Air pollution is the worst type of fatal pollution, linked to 6.5 million deaths in 2015, according to a global investigation  published in The Lancet.  File photograph: Getty Images

Pollution is blamed for up to nine million deaths each year worldwide, disproportionately affecting people living in some of the world’s poorest count(...)

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, on September 26th, 2017. Photograph: Faisal Mahmood/Reuters

A Pakistani court has indicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges stemming from documents leaked(...)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi pays tribute on the 148th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth , on October 2nd, 2017, at Rajghat in New Delhi. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

India’s supreme court has appointed an amicus curiae in a petition seeking a new investigation into Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination nearly 70 years ago(...)

Joshua Boyle speaks to the media after arriving at the Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Friday. Photograph: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP

A US-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday where the husban(...)

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar arriving in Shah Porir Dip, Bangladesh after crossing the Naf River on October  1st. United Nations officials have called the campaign against the Rohingya in Myanmar a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing. Photograph:  Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move. A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown e(...)

A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media in December 2016 of American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, and their two sons. Photograph: Handout/Reuters

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years held captive by a network with ties to the Talib(...)

 I received the attached picture from Ruth Kelly, who works for a company called Graepel, in Kinsale. It’s of the ill-fated ‘Lusitania’

I’ve been cheered to learn that at least one hard copy of last Thursday’s Irish Times has reached the far side of Canada – Vancouver, to be exact. &nb(...)

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state wait for aid in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf. Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

Pressure mounted on Myanmar on Tuesday to end violence that has sent about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States call(...)

Members of the National Human Rights and Crime Control Organisation hold candles along with photographs of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh during a  vigil in Amritsar, India. Photograph: Raminder Pal Singh/EPA

Police in India have made little progress in investigating the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore last week, despite posting a Rs(...)

Karen Weeks taking in the sights at Lake Victoria on her solo cycling trip across Canada.

When Dr Karen Weekes rocked up to the reception of a five-star hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia just before midnight a few weeks ago, she knew it might b(...)