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Avon Products, the door-to- door cosmetics seller, is to close its Irish operations as part of a worldwide plan to cut 400 jobs and save $400 million by 2016.

Avon Products, the door-to- door cosmetics seller, is to close its Irish operations as part of a worldwide plan to cut 400 jobs and save $400 m(...)

An employee wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant on chickens at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province today.  Photograph: Reuters

Chinese authorities have slaughtered over 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai today as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mo(...)

Technical staff from the animal disease prevention and control center inject chickens with the H5N1 bird flu vaccine in Shangsi county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Two more people died from the disease today. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

The death toll from a new strain of bird flu has risen to five in China today as Beijing said it was mobilising resources nationwide to combat (...)

Five South African soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash yesterday while they were on patrol for rhino poachers in the Kruger National Par(...)

Ieng Sary, former foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge, died last week aged 87. Photograph: AP

Ieng Sary, the former foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge, was one of three elderly leaders on trial for genocide, crimes against humanity and (...)

Mercy mission: New York City has an estimated 50,000 homeless people, including 21,000 children. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty
Feeding Fifth Avenue

Margaret Kelly sighs as the cast of broken people she has met flits across her mind. The former teacher from an old-money family who lapsed int(...)

I was in my study one morning last week, and there was a heartbreaking stillness across the lake. I was listening to a CD of Rachmaninov’s Vesp(...)

A scene from one of the futuristic Tiger beer ads filmed in Bangkok

Three young men of different ethnic backgrounds enter the homely Oscar’s bar, where shockwaves resonate as they pick up their bottles of Tiger (...)

I was in my study one morning last week, and there was a heartbreaking stillness across the lake. I was listening to a CD of Rachmaninov’s Vesp(...)

Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear demonstration demanding a stop to the resumption of nuclear power operations, in front of Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda's official residence in Tokyo last June . Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park today, calling for an end to atomic power and vowing never to give up the fight, despite two ye(...)

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