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A woman stands with her son surrounded by debris in Tacloban. The mayor of the typhoon-ravaged city urged residents today to flee to other cities and find shelter if they could. Photograpg: New York Times

There are increasing signs of desperation in the Philippine islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as looting turned deadly today as survivors panicked (...)

Locals and foreigners boarding a US military C-130 evacuation flight yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Wally Santana

Desperation is growing in the devastated path of Typhoon Haiyan after heavy rains lashed survivors facing a fifth day without food, water or basic med(...)

Children help to carry pails of drinking water as they walk past a graffiti calling for help after Typhoon Haiyan devastated Tacloban city in central Philippines. Photograph:  Romeo Ranoco/Reuters.

The death toll from the massive typhoon that hit the Philippines is closer to 2,000 or 2,500, not the previously reported figure of 10,000, President (...)

Creamy guacamole. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

You share your body with more than 100 trillion bacteria. That’s right. It’s thought that more than 1,000 different species are growing in the gut, an(...)

A Syrian Alawite refugee woman sits with her children in a tent at the courtyard of Pirsultan Abdal Cemevi in Istanbul on October 11th last. Turkey has registered more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Syrian refugees detained by Greek police last month say they were beaten and denied food and water during a 12-hour detention period. “Mohammad”, a m(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry today said he hoped an agreement to end a dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme would be completed within months. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters.

Iran will grant UN inspectors “managed access” to a uranium mine and a heavy-water plant within three months as part of a cooperation pact reached on (...)

An aerial view of a coastal town, devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan, in Samar province in central Philippines. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters.

Dazed survivors begged for help and scavenged for food, water and medicine on Monday after a super typhoon killed an estimated 10,000 in the central P(...)

On Wednesday papers will be filed in Geneva with the UN’s Human Rights Committee

Three women who were forced to travel to Britain to terminate their pregnancies following diagnoses that their babies would not survive outside the wo(...)

Three women who were forced to travel to Britain to terminate their pregnancies following diagnoses that their babies would not survive outside the womb will next week take their cases to the United Nations. Photograph: Reuters

Three women who were forced to travel to Britain to terminate their pregnancies following diagnoses that their babies would not survive outside the wo(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters place a mortar on a blanket in Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria’s northwestern Latakia province. Photograph: Khattab Abdulaa/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today he was confident a date could be set within days for long-delayed international peace talks aimed at findi(...)

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