Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.


Indonesia under fire for smog haze

Forests deliberately set alight for agriculture have caused pollution beyond state’s borders, which has now reached dangerous levels

Inexperienced climbers to be banned from climbing Mount Everest

  • Officials want to stop disabled, elderly and very young climbers attempting to scale Everest
  • Safety was brought into sharp focus last April when an avalanche killed 16 Nepalese guides
  • Tourism minister wants to implement new rules before spring, the mountain's busiest period