Shinjuku Gyoen national garden. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

An attendant at a popular garden in the heart of Tokyo has cost the facility millions of yen because he was “too frightened” to ask foreign visitors t(...)

Outgoing French minister for ecology Nicolas Hulot: “I do not want to give the illusion that my presence in the government signifies we are up to the challenge.” Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron has again been plunged into political crisis, this time by the on-air resignation of the most popular member of his cabinet,(...)

 Traffic signs which ban diesel cars are installed by workers at the Max-Brauer Allee in downtown Hamburg.Photograph: Reuters

Hamburg will make history on Thursday as it imposes the first inner-city ban on trucks and older diesel cars, to improve air quality in Germany’s seco(...)

Ségolène Royal  and Switzerland’s Bertrand Piccard. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

When an English-speaking politician loses an election, he or she usually leaves public life. Not in France, where politicians appear to be indestructi(...)

Special forces from the Capital Defense Command take part in a military drill in Seoul, South Korea . Photograph: Seo Myung-Gon/Yonhap/via Reuters

The US ambassador to the United Nations has said North Korea is “begging for war” by testing a nuclear weapon over the weekend. In response, Nikki H(...)

A South Korean official watches television news channels showing North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un yesterday. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

China expressed outrage over North Korea’s sixth nuclear test after a nuclear explosion caused a tremor in northern China and raised the prospect of t(...)

A Portable Emissions Measurement System device  attached to the exhaust pipe of a car.  VW, Daimler and BMW have agreed software updates to improve emissions but refused to consider costlier retrofits for their cars. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s environment minister has warned that software updates alone will not be enough to avoid inner-city diesel bans as early as next year. Three(...)

The German environment ministry has decided to become the first government agency to take meat and fish off the menu at official functions. Photograph: Getty Images

Politicians and policy buffs were forced to do a double take when they stormed the buffet at the German government’s symposium on “exporting green tec(...)

Glass panels 2.5m high would be built around the base of the tower as an anti-terrorist measure. Photograph: Getty Images

A glass wall is to be built around the base of the Eiffel Tower under a plan to provide extra protection against terrorist attacks, said a source in t(...)

 Road traffic signs are submerged along the Seine river in Paris on Friday, as authorities shut the Louvre museum, the national library, the Orsay museum and the Grand Palais. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

The swollen Seine River continues to rise, spilling into Paris streets and forcing one landmark after another to shut down as it surged to its highest(...)

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