Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday. He said that  China’s great progress in poverty alleviation has been accompanied by the emergence of very high levels of inequality. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China has had extraordinary success in alleviating poverty, the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has said, but it(...)

 Megan Abbott: Sharp and precise prose. Photograph: Drew Reilly

‘Some people would always be jealous of Devon, the way they were jealous of all beautiful and brilliant things,” Katie Knox reflects on her daughter,(...)

Kite brooches were used as pieces of jewellery to fasten a cloak or shawl

A student from the United States has found a rare kite brooch from the 12th century on Omey Island, Connemara. The brooch, so named because it is sha(...)

 Anti-China protesters  protest against China’s territorial claims in the Spratly  islands in the South China Sea in front of the Chinese Consulate on July 12th, 2016, in Makati, Philippines. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

An international arbitration court’s ruling that China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea have no legal basis has increased the possibility o(...)

Wang Yu: recognised for her “substantial contributions in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties in China. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Human rights defenders have stepped up their pressure on President Xi Jinping to release lawyers and activists still held exactly one year after the s(...)

Ethan Hawke in Gattaca, where a two-tier society emerges in the future comprised of those who can afford to be genetically modified and those who can’t.

Learning how to read DNA, the blueprint for life, has revolutionised science and medicine. It gave us new ways to intervene in disease, a deeper under(...)

Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman  in the 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho.

Are psychopaths trendy? Does saying “I have psychopathic tendencies” pass the dinner table test? Is this merely the latest debilitating condition to b(...)

  The surviving members of British rock band Led Zeppelin John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page in 2012. File photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

A jury sided with Led Zeppelin on Thursday in a federal copyright infringement trial in Los Angeles where the band stood accused of stealing the openi(...)

 John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zepplin. Photograph:  Ian West/PA Wire

The similarity between Stairway to Heaven and a song that members of Led Zeppelin are accused of copying can be found in music dating back 300 years, (...)

Beyoncé received a reported €45 million from Pepsi to promote its product. Photograph: Getty Images

Music stars have an unexpected role in causing our kids to become overweight. Their smiling faces are used to promote sugary drinks, fast food and swe(...)

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