Prof Jane Stout: “Humans, since the second World War, embarked on an extermination programme for insects. We tried everything we could to kill them off, and it’s working.”

There are some 1.5 million insect species globally, many of whom perform tasks vital to sustain humans. Despite this, we treat insects as pests; enemi(...)

US president Donald Trump has said he wants an ‘ambitious free-trade agreement’ with the UK after Brexit. File photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

This week the issue of Brexit made it across the Atlantic as members of US Congress voiced their concern about its impact on Northern Ireland. As the(...)

Young people can feel lonely when they have moved away from home  to go to college or to work  or when their own friends have moved away.

Who is most likely to feel lonely? Most of us probably think it’s the old but actually it’s the young, according to a BBC survey. The BBC Loneliness (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is welcomed by Romanian president Klaus Iohannis during their official meeting at Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, last week.  Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

On a sweltering Bucharest afternoon last week, student Andrei Marinescu sipped iced coffee in a cafe near Romanian government headquarters, where his(...)

AJ Pearce: Echoes of the innocent antics of ‘The Four Marys’ abound

In her witty, deceptively simple debut, AJ Pearce conjures up a world of courage and perseverance that seems sadly alien to modern life in the West. S(...)

Conservative party member of parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg delivers a petition against the provision of foreign aid to 10 Downing Street in London on Thursday. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Jacob Rees-Mogg was in Downing Street on Thursday to deliver a petition on behalf of Daily Express readers who want to cut the international aid budge(...)

Leaders need to ensure that the organisation’s values are embedded in human resources practices. Photograph: iStock

Open any newspaper and you’ll find stories of ethical failure – think Wells Fargo, Equifax, Sports Direct, and Uber – leading to disastrous consequenc(...)

Hugh Kearney: challenged the prevailing anglocentricity in histories of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Through his book The British Isles: A History of Four Nations, Hugh Kearney, who has died aged 93, sought to alter the way the islands’ occupants view(...)

There was fury in London at a sentence in the OECD document which said that if the Brexit decision was reversed, “the positive impact on growth would be significant.”

The OECD has lobbed a grenade into the Brexit debate, estimating a major hit to growth in 2019 if the UK leaves without a deal and saying that the fli(...)

Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and YouTube announced the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which they said would continue to make their services ‘hostile to terrorists and violent extremists’.

Twitter is becoming less effective as a platform for so-called Islamic State (IS) terrorists, due to the rapid take-down rate of pro-IS accounts from(...)

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