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In Germany 31 per cent of renewable energy production is owned by its citizens. Photograph: iStock

The vineyards at Weingut Huster were converted to organic production 25 years ago and produce a fine Riesling. Here on the hills between the Rhine and(...)

Coal being loaded for transport at a depot in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

Coal is not yet dead. Energy giant BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley has declared his astonishment following disclosures that power companies use the sa(...)

Iraqi policemen throw sand to put out tyres that  protesters had set ablaze at the main entrance to the giant Zubair oilfield near Basra, Iraq, Tuesday. Photograph: Essam al-Sudani/Reuters

Iraqi police wielded batons and rubber hoses to disperse about 250 protesters gathered at the main entrance to the Zubair oilfield near Basra on Tues(...)

Jonathan Hacker’s Path of Blood is the most fascinating and compromised film of the year. The film, which is largely composed from the home movies of (...)

Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki (left) and Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed  at Asmara International Airport in Eritrea on Monday. Photograph: Ghideon Musa Aron Visafric via Reuters,

On Tuesday morning, Ethiopian mechanic Mohammed Osman placed a phone call he had dreamt of making for 20 years. He called his mother Kedija, who was (...)

Rescue workers look for missing people in a house damaged by heavy rain in Kumano town, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides that killed at (...)

US president Donald Trump had called for Opec to lower prices. Iran’s Opec governor said his tweet had the opposite effect, claiming prices had risen $10. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump, who recently called on Opec producers to help reduce oil prices, has raised prices through his tweets, Iranian Opec Governo(...)

UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths (centre): called this week’s talks with rebel leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi “positive and constructive”. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty

The UN children’s agency has castigated Yemen’s warring parties for killing, wounding and starving children, who make up half that country’s populatio(...)

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

A few years ago, I covered a long hearing in the cavernous hall in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council holds its plenary meetings. Ireland was in(...)

The Bibi Maryam mausoleum in the ancient city of Qalhat, Oman. Qalhat  has been added to the Unesco world heritage list. Photograph: Unesco/QDP/EPA

Three new sites have been awarded world heritage status by Unesco, including a remote Kenyan settlement and an ancient city in Oman. The 42nd sessio(...)

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