Stephen Foley: Why I'm backing Sachs for World Bank president

US Outlook You have to admire the chutzpah of Jeffrey Sachs, campaigning to be the next president of the World Bank through the op-ed pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post.

DJ Taylor: What the Dickens are we doing in Sri Lanka?

With his bicentenary coming up next month, a gathering in Galle shows how the British Council is retuning its antennae

Rate of abortion is highest in countries where practice is banned

In Africa and Latin America researchers found that 95 to 97 per cent of abortions were unsafe

Atlantic rowers adrift after they run out of oars

Two men trying to row across the Atlantic for charity are adrift in the middle of the ocean after all their oars broke in rough seas.

Leading article: No escaping the dangers of tobacco

Given the history of half-truths and special pleading which characterise the public pronouncements of tobacco companies, many people will find it unsurprising that the latest analysis casts doubt on previous industry-backed studies into the safety of cigarette additives. Indeed, independent scientists now claim that research published by Philip Morris a decade ago actually "obscured findings of toxicity".

The deal was done at the International convention Centre on Sunday. The key players are Todd Stern, US Climate Envoy (front left, looking on), Connie Hedegaard, EU Climate Commissioner (seated at left, right hand raised), Jayanthi Natarajan, Indian Environment Minister (seated at right, looking up at...) Xie Zhenhua, Chinese Climate Minister (standing front right)

Leading article: Durban delivered hope in the end

Right up to the last minute, the danger was that the Climate Change Conference in Durban would end in fiasco or in an agreement so vague as to be meaningless. Instead, when hopes of a global deal looked dashed, European nations – acting with a degree of unanimity over climate change that seems absent from their deliberations on the eurozone – pulled off an agreement that gives new cause for optimism.

Rapidly expanding human population has reduced the number of panthers to just over 100

'Modest' gains as UN climate deal struck

Countries agreed a deal today to push for a new climate treaty, salvaging the latest round of United Nations climate talks from the brink of collapse.

Countries wrangle over CO2 cuts 'wriggle-room'

Negotiators from nearly two hundred countries were still arguing early today over the possibility of a new climate deal forcing all nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

Lining up alongside the Singology Gospel Choir at the Carols by Candlelight event in Mayfair was a proud moment

Crunch time for climate deal talks in Durban

Countries were today locked in debate over whether to press ahead with a new legal climate treaty, as the latest round of UN global warming talks entered their final hours.

Ministers discuss 'emissions gap'

Funding for poor countries and the "emissions gap" are among the topics on the table for government ministers getting down to negotiations on tackling climate change at the latest UN talks.

CARBON EMISSIONS: RECESSION PROOF

India emerges as chief opponent of a new global-warming treaty

Country baulks at UN climate conference, concerned about cooling its red-hot economy

George Osborne visits a bicycle shop in Middlesex in a week when the Chancellor described growth of 0.2 per cent as 'positive'

Mary Dejevsky: Why this obsession with growth?

Growth, growth, growth... The regrettable lack of it and the imperative to encourage it were the guiding themes of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, as they have been of practically anything anyone has said about the economy for years. Higher growth boosts national wealth and national morale; falling growth pushes countries into recession, which makes them feel, deservedly, very bad. So runs the consensus.

Jeremy Laurance: States need to back up fine words with hard cash if great leap forward is not to be wasted

The gap between rhetoric and reality on Aids has widened to a chasm. While politicians proclaim huge advances – Hillary Clinton speaks of a "historic opportunity to change the course of the pandemic" – governments, including her own, are buckling in the economic storm sweeping the globe and funds are being slashed. A historic opportunity looks like becoming an opportunity grievously missed.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy launches the Born HIV Free campaign last year

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: Mothers, babies and HIV

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, France's first lady, is one the world's best known Aids campaigners. Here, she answers questions about her work from The Independent.

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Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

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Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen