The UK is ranked 13 out of 132 countries in the new Social Progress Index, thanks to its excellent universities but comparatively high rates of obesity. But when will we realise that these lists are really meaningless?
The legislation outlawing FGM was introduced in 1985, but there were no prosecutions until last week. Why?
The EU is the world’s largest humanitarian donor, and it is facing a funding gap of almost half a billion euros.
To describe sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual violence as “women’s issues” side-lines and reduces them, neglects male victims and lets perpetrators off the hook. One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
Despite their low official government salaries, at this week’s National People’s Congress annual meeting, there will be 86 renminbi billionaires and China’s richest politicians have quadrupled their wealth in the past eight years. But is there a right level to set politicians’ pay?
The first 24 hours in a baby's life are the most dangerous, but newborn deaths have been under-researched and neonatal care is under-funded.
The new law will make it virtually impossible to be openly gay in Uganda, and follows the stricter anti-gay laws passed in Nigeria last month. So what is driving this increased homophobia and anti-gay legislation?
Why are international sporting events so dangerous for construction workers?
A UN report released today has found that progress made towards reducing poverty is at risk of being reversed because of widening inequality and a failure to strengthen women's rights.
Obesity rates triple in developing countries. A report by the Overseas Development Institute has found that one in three adults globally is obese.
The poor of the world are on the move, eager to live and work in rich nations. What are the consequences? Talking about them cannot be a taboo.
Between $21-32trn of private wealth is kept in tax havens, and Britain is at the very centre of a global financial system that allows the wealthy to avoid tax.
Several reports released this week are adding pressure on the US to disclose information about its deadly drone programme and civilian casualties.
Tesco wastes 30,000 tonnes of food in six months, but how does the UK compare with other countries on food waste?
A new report reveals the extent of modern slavery worldwide, and finds that India has the highest number of enslaved people at 1.2m.
The ongoing legal battles against Grunenthal matter, both for those affected by thalidomide and because of the precedent they set.
Awarded the prize "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons".
By 2015, GlaxoSmithKline hopes to market the world's first malaria vaccine. But a lot more needs to be done to tackle a disease that kills 660,000 people a year.
What factors will really affect the outcome of negotiations between the US and Iran?
How China uses pandas to help secure long-term trade deals.
The number of child labourers has decreased by a third since 2000, but there are still 168 million child workers.
How the militant Somalia group behind the deadly attack on a Kenyan shopping centre formed, and why it is attacking foreign targets now.
Five years after Lehman Brother's collapse, one group has fared spectacularly well: the richest 1 per cent. The world's superpower is now worryingly dependent on the financial fortunes of just 1.35m taxpayers. But where in the world is inequality the grea
Egypt, North Korea, Angola, South Sudan, Israel and Myanmar haven't ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention, and Russia and the US haven't met their obligations under the convention. So what power does the CWC have?
Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Alexei Sayle reflects on the time Paul McKenna planted a suicidal post-hypnotic suggestion in his brain, and how our restlessness has been exploited to devastating effect.
The elephant untethered.
A new exhibition captures the trauma of those forced to flee to survive.
A stunning new infographic reveals the trade patterns of the great naval empires.
The need for global leadership has never been greater but ever fewer are prepared or in a position to provide it. After a decade of war, the United States is in retreat, preoccupied with domestic battles over debt, the economy and immigration.
There are three big unfolding geopolitical stories: China’s rise, Middle East turmoil and the redesign of Europe. The three countries with most to lose from these trends are Britain, Japan and Israel. This is not a G7, G8 or a G20 world. This is the era o