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Global Preparedness Monitoring Board says in  the case of a pandemic, many national health systems - particularly in poor countries - would collapse. Photograph: iStock

The world is facing a mounting threat of disease pandemics that could kill millions and wreak havoc on the global economy, a international expert pane(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on environment and social equality to business leaders in Paris, on the eve of the G7 summit. Photograph: Michel Spingler/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron wants the three-day G7 summit that he will host in Biarritz from Saturday to “lay the foundations of a new democratic(...)

Prof Nick Holden and Dr Jerome O’Connell of Proveye

Those born before the luxury of pre-set radio channels will remember the crackling sound of wavelength interference as they tuned their sets to their (...)

Muhammad Ali  knocking out George Foreman during the so-called Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire on  October 30th, 1974. China is now throwing its investment hat in the African ring. Photograph: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images

Remember the Rumble in the Jungle? The 1974 Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman fight in Zaire was one of the biggest upsets in sporting history. Ali w(...)

Cadbury’s moon landing recreation: one small step for chocolate-makers, one sweet treat for mankind. Photograph: Jacob King/PA

Image of the week: Chocolate moon Tomorrow marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong beat Buzz Aldrin by about 20 minutes to become the first man on the mo(...)

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Ireland has been approached at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to throw its support behind Mark Carney as the next head of the fund, as negotiat(...)

Christine Lagarde will be formally appointed in October. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Christine Lagarde is set to be confirmed in October as the next president of the European Central Bank (ECB), after the region’s finance ministers for(...)

Moldova’s prime minister Maia Sandu: ‘We are not asking for advance payments. We are asking for support for our democratic transformation.’ Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

The European Union has promised political and financial support to the new government of Moldova, as it seeks to transform the poor and corruption-rid(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and Estonian prime minister Juri Ratas attend a roundtable at the council’s summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/Pool via Reuters

After a day and night of frantic bilateral meetings with fellow EU leaders, and precious little sleep, European Council president Donald Tusk will rec(...)

Ivanka Trump prepares to deliver a speech on women’s empowerment during the G20 Summit in Osaka on Saturday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The abiding image from this year’s G20 summit will not be Donald Trump sharing another chuckle with Vladimir Putin. It is the clip of his daughter, Iv(...)

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