The Supreme Court in India has issued a new law allowing transgender people to change their gender on official documents to reflect their gender identity – why are so many European countries still several steps behind?
France has introduced a new law to prevent employees being asked to read work emails outside office hours. Would it help solve the UK's productivity problem if we followed suit?
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?
Several Egyptian TV channels yesterday welcomed the sentencing to death of 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters in a flawed two-day trial. Are Egyptians sleepwalking into one of the darkest chapters in their recent political history?
A new documentary sheds light on the role played by Jean-Yves Ollivier, a secretive French businessman, in bringing peace to South Africa. But what does it tell us about the mechanics of conflict resolution?
The EU is the world’s largest humanitarian donor, and it is facing a funding gap of almost half a billion euros.
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?
Denmark, Sweden and Finland had the highest rates of violence against women, despite the countries' reputation for promoting gender equality. Why?
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?
President Nazerbayev doesn't want to rule a "stan" any more. So he's suggesting it become Kazakh Yeli or Kazakhiya.
"I know we all look the same," said Kendall after being repeatedly mistaken for her shadow cabinet colleague.
Why are international sporting events so dangerous for construction workers?
Belgium has lifted all age restrictions on euthanasia, despite concerns that the legislation has been rushed through.
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.
How would you react if you discovered your music was being used to aid interrogations?
The problem isn't just in Afghanistan. 30 per cent of woman suffer violence from an intimate partner, but globally laws do little to protect women at home.
250 million school-age children worldwide can't read, write or do a basic maths sum. 130 million of these children are enrolled in school. So what's going wrong?
Global inequality in numbers.
Yasha the parrot joins an elite menagerie of animals that have entered politics.
Top lawyers say they have evidence that the Syrian government is responsible for crimes against humanity, but will these latest findings influence tomorrow's peace talks?
A poll reveals that Francois Hollande's popularity among French women has increased following news of his alleged affair with an actress.
Egyptians are expected to vote “yes” in a referendum on their new constitution. This will prove a big mistake.
Obesity rates triple in developing countries. A report by the Overseas Development Institute has found that one in three adults globally is obese.
WHO's response to Syria's polio outbreak, and its close relationship with the Syrian government, have been called into question.
There are currently 211 journalists in prison worldwide, and over 50 have been killed doing their job.
Ireland tops the list, and the Dutch are the stingiest.
Amnesty International condemns Europe's failure to resettle Syrian refugees.
In 2050, 71 per cent of Alzheimer's patients will be in low to middle income countries. Will they be able to access medical care?
A short lesson in the art of mistranslating names into Chinese.