By Sophie McBain - 03 October 15:13
The decision to launch a terrorist attack abroad might reflect its inability to mount a successful offensive against African Union troops on the ground but it is also a mark of al-Shabab’s enduring strength.
By Sophie McBain - 02 October 11:28
A new report suggests that African economies resemble those of Medieval Europe, and so hopes of sustained growth across the continent are unrealistic.
By Saleyha Ahsan - 02 October 8:59
Health care is being hampered by those involved in the conflict because of the Assad regime’s willingness to target doctors and hospitals.
By Alec MacGillis - 23 September 14:44
Doug Band came to the Clinton White House in 1995 - and was instrumental in creating the post-presidential philanthropic Clinton empire. Now he is striking out on his own, and causing all kinds of problems for Bill and Hillary.
By Sophie McBain - 23 September 11:07
How the militant Somalia group behind the deadly attack on a Kenyan shopping centre formed, and why it is attacking foreign targets now.
By Sophie McBain - 20 September 11:27
The Chinese tradition of giving away mooncakes in mid-autumn is surprisingly revealing.
By Sophie McBain - 19 September 16:55
Inside the bizarre world of animal espionage.
By Stephen Brasher - 19 September 13:40
All but one of Australia’s first 20 prime ministers have federal electoral divisions named after them. The first, Edmund Barton, a prime mover in federation, resigned after three years to become a high court judge.
By John Pilger - 19 September 10:31
It's not too late for the world to learn the lesson of the US's foreign policy mistakes.
By Andrew Gimson - 19 September 8:07
As she faces re-election, the signs are that Angela Merkel’s commitment to the euro stretches only so far as the maths continue to work for Germany. Andrew Gimson on the roots of a genial but ruthlessly pragmatic politician.
By Sophie McBain - 18 September 10:54
Policy-makers in London and South Korea want to crack down on fried chicken shops, but for two very different reasons
By Martin Plaut - 17 September 13:33
One hundred years ago, Gandhi launched the decisive 1913 campaign that was to transform him into a figure of international stature. Later this year, we commemorate it.
By Matthew Levitt - 17 September 9:35
While the US continues to deliberate their course of action, so, too, does Hezbollah. After depending upon the Syrian regime for so long, how will they retaliate in the event of air strikes?
By Emile Simpson - 17 September 9:32
In seeking to break with a past tainted by Iraq, the Syria vote entrenches the legacy of that war. So what next?
By Nicholas Wapshott - 17 September 9:27
How did Obama find himself in such a rococo mess, pinned between haters in the House and his KGB rival?
By Daniel Trilling - 12 September 10:45
As the recession bites, state funding for Italy's museums and galleries has disappeared, and Italians are coming up with inventive forms of common ownership, to challenge power from the bottom up.
By Claire Rigby - 12 September 10:35
The nationwide protests of the summer have mostly petered out, but Brazil's police and government still have a lot to answer for.
By Uri Dromi - 12 September 10:21
If I were in Bashar al-Assad's office as Obama's speech at the White House was televised around the world, I think I would hear the following.
By Donatella Rovera - 12 September 7:49
As the threat of military intervention continues to loom over Syria, in a far-flung corner of the country, the town of Deir Ezzour offers an insight into the suffering of ordinary Syrians.
By Sophie McBain - 09 September 13:10
Rhetoric aside, how does Syria today actually compare to Iraq in 2003?
By Seamus Heaney - 05 September 8:29
A piece by the future Nobel winner on the curious atmosphere in Ulster during the Troubles, first published in the <em>NS</em> of 1 July 1966.
By Jeremy Bowen - 04 September 14:40
The central parts of Damascus feel more like a city at war than they did a year ago but physically the place is still almost untouched, finds the BBC's Middle East editor.
By Julie Bindel - 29 August 7:40
When we picture a sex tourist, we usually think of a middle-aged man. But growing numbers of women are paying for a “holiday romance”.
By David Cronin - 28 August 8:20
Ireland is second only to Greece in terms of the scale and speed of health cutbacks undertaken by “developed” countries.
By Danny Dorling - 22 August 11:00
At least 26 million unemployed people will be looking for work across Europe this summer, while in Britain, 2,400 bankers are earning over €1m a year - real pounds and euros that should be better spread out.
By Agata Pyzik - 22 August 10:10
The third-poorest country in the EU, Latvia punitive welfare conditions and the exclusion of Russian-speakers from surrounding nations has lead to a depopulation of 30,000 a year.
By George Eaton - 22 August 9:50
What kind of a social model is it that leaves half of young people out of work? George Eaton profiles Spain's employment woes.
By Lazarus Long - 22 August 9:32
Nicky Woolf is glad that there are still people such as Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning around.
By Nabila Ramdani - 22 August 8:00
The state of roads in the West Bank tells you everything you need to know about the possibility of Middle East peace, writes Nabila Ramdani.