New York US President picks an expert in public health born in South Korea as his nominee.
Tom Arup THE World Bank has warned the planet is on track to warm by 4 degrees this century, leading to more extreme heat waves, lower crop yields and increased flooding, possibly as early as 2060.
Juliette Jowit LONDON: Record sums were invested last year in coal power - the most carbon-intensive form of energy on the planet - by the World Bank, despite international commitments to slash the carbon emissions...
Mike Pflanz We won't die poor and we will save homosexuals from damnation, says defiant Ethics Minister.
Christine Lagarde has made it to the top of law, politics and now global finance - but she's had to pay a price. The French head of the International Monetary Fund talks to Peter Wilson.
Amogelang Mbatha South Africa's main opposition party chooses Mamphela Ramphele as its first black presidential candidate in a bid to break the ruling African National Congress's grip on power.
Isabel Kershner In a rare display of regional cooperation, representatives of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority sign an agreement on water resources.
Afghans are only now getting their first taste of a phenomenon that has been upending conventional wisdom in more established democracies for decades: polling
Stephanie Carvin Everyone knows people are supposed to be moral, to do unto others as you'd have them do unto you, and so on. But what about states - do they need to be moral, too?
Simon Denyer Luzhai, China: The elderly couple sat on their metal frame bed surrounded by the detritus of their lives: hopelessly worn-out shoes, empty tin cans, dried-out corncobs, plastic bags, filthy clothes,...
Indonesian Vice President Boediono says he has been questioned as a witness by anti-graft investigators over a controversial bank bailout, in a case that could prove problematic for the government...
Bettina Wassener and Grace Tsoi On the first floor of a hulking residential building a narrow door opens up into Hong Kong’s economic underbelly.
A top US official is heading to Cairo for talks with interim government leaders.
Adam Morton and Nick Miller The big question for Australia is how to best play its part in the push to tackle climate change.
Ewa Krukowska The planet has warmed faster since the turn of the century than ever recorded, almost doubling the pace of sea-level increase and causing a 20-fold jump in heat-related deaths, the United Nations...
Ilya Gridneff, Juba Fears South Sudan may slip further into the status of a failed state dim the world's newest nation's second anniversary of independence.
Barney Zwartz, Religion Editor, Rome Two loose coalitions of cardinals have emerged in the papal race, each backing a candidate.
Barney Zwartz On Tuesday, as Catholic cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo's depiction of the creation and of the last judgment will provide a graphic reminder of their responsibilities in...
Tom Arup The Chinese government has unveiled a detailed roadmap for an emission trading scheme.
Ruth Pollard Barack Obama landed in Israel on Wednesday for the first time as US President, on a mission to ease past tensions with his hosts but facing scepticism about his plans to thwart Iran's nuclear threat.