“It is time to turn down the heat of the rhetoric and turn up the light of scientific inquiry if we are to be better prepared to stem the next pandemic.” Photograph: Getty Images

There is no scientifically-validated evidence to support the theory that Covid-19 leaked from a laboratory in China, while more recent studies strongl(...)

Hong Kong’s chief justice Geoffrey Ma (centre) attends a ceremony to mark the opening of the legal year in Hong Kong on January 13th, 2020. Photograph:  Philip Fong/AFP via Getty

Beijing is expected to target Hong Kong’s independent judiciary as it tightens control over the territory’s institutions, according to Philip Dykes, h(...)

Danish Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik greeting well-wishers from the balcony on the occasion of the Queen’s 76th Birthday celebration at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen in 2016. Photograph: Marie Hald/Scanpix Denmark/AFP/Getty

Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe, has died at the age of 83, Denmark’s palace has said. A statement on the ro(...)

‘Having left Ireland after receiving 18 years of education at home, I want to start contributing back to my own community.’

I’m originally from Belfast but I studied in Dublin. I always enjoyed visiting the south growing up, and I was fortunate to come from a family that s(...)

Peter Dahlin, Swedish co-founder of the NGO Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, in a video released by China Central Television. Dahlin became the first foreigner to make what rights activists say was a coerced confession on state TV on charges relating to subversion.  Photograph: CCTV/AP Video

Overseas rights activists, Hong Kong publishers of salacious books about Communist leaders, business journalists reporting the stock market slide, as (...)

Pro-democracy protesters sleep at a tunnel blocked by protesters near the office of the Chief Executive in Hong Kong. Photograph: Reuters

After more than two months of protests on the streets and clashes with police that have resulted in more than 200 arrests and multiple injuries, there(...)