The Irish Government has pledged to plant 440 million trees by 2040.

When a powerful storm hit the west coast of Ireland in March 2014, it unearthed a fascinating assortment of tree stumps near Spiddal, Co Galway. Thi(...)

Grisa Muntean, the last remaining resident of Dobrusa,  Moldova, takes care of his bees. ‘When I work, I speak with the trees, with the birds, with the animals, with my tools. There is no one else to talk to.’ Photograph: Laetitia Vancon/The New York Times

Thirty years ago, the village of Dobrusa had about 200 residents. At the start of this year, it had just three. Then two were murdered. And now ther(...)

Houthi  forces withdrawing from Saleef port in Hodeidah province, Yemen.  Photograph: Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters

The withdrawal of rebel Houthi forces from Yemen’s three Red Sea ports is proceeding according to plan despite Saudi-backed government accusations tha(...)

Krac des Chavaliers: The Krac’s thick stone walls withstood artillery fire and aerial bombardment.

Wadi al-Nasara enfolds travellers entering from the dusty yellow plain in a blanket of green and silver – the green of well-watered fields and the sil(...)

Ghassan Jansiz in his bookshop in Homs. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Opening the Oxford and Cambridge English bookshop in the Syrian city of Homs in 2015 as the war in that country raged on was a risky business venture (...)

Wafa Mahmoud Yusif and her son Walid, with a photograph of her elder son, who was killed in the Syrian war. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Homs is buzzing with life and light. The streets seethe with traffic, shops and restaurants are doing brisk business, and lights burn day and night as(...)

 A cholera-infected child receives treatment at a makeshift tent at a hospital in  Yemen. Photograph: EPA/Yahya Arhab

One million Yemeni children are at risk of dying from cholera due to the war and blockade in the country, according to the charity Save the Children. (...)

Syrians  outside the Omayyad Mosque in central Damascus. In many areas of Syria life continues as usual.  Photograph:  Joseph Eid/AFP

Syria is two lands linked by bombs: the house of relative peace and the house of war. In Damascus, Homs, Hama, and the coastal cities, Syrians live no(...)

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres has cemented his front-runner status to head the UN. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres has cemented his position as front runner to become the next UN secretary general after the latest s(...)

Financing sustainable development ... the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, this week. Photograph: EPA/Solan Kolli

The United Nations (UN) Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, which concluded yesterday, was supposed to plot a path for developing cou(...)

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