By Sophie McBain - 06 March 12:16
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?
By Sophie McBain - 05 March 15:10
Denmark, Sweden and Finland had the highest rates of violence against women, despite the countries' reputation for promoting gender equality. Why?
By Sophie McBain - 25 February 16:37
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.
By Sophie McBain - 24 February 12:42
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?
By Sophie McBain - 21 February 12:06
President Nazerbayev doesn't want to rule a "stan" any more. So he's suggesting it become Kazakh Yeli or Kazakhiya.
By George Eaton - 21 February 10:45
"I know we all look the same," said Kendall after being repeatedly mistaken for her shadow cabinet colleague.
By Sophie McBain - 17 February 12:37
Why are international sporting events so dangerous for construction workers?
By Sophie McBain - 14 February 11:55
Belgium has lifted all age restrictions on euthanasia, despite concerns that the legislation has been rushed through.
By Sophie McBain - 12 February 15:00
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.
By Sophie McBain - 06 February 12:04
How would you react if you discovered your music was being used to aid interrogations?
By Sophie McBain - 05 February 11:55
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.
By Sophie McBain - 29 January 14:40
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?
By Sophie McBain - 23 January 14:08
Global inequality in numbers.
By Sophie McBain - 22 January 12:26
Yasha the parrot joins an elite menagerie of animals that have entered politics.
By Sophie McBain - 21 January 14:03
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?
By Sophie McBain - 16 January 12:24
A poll reveals that Francois Hollande's popularity among French women has increased following news of his alleged affair with an actress.
By Sophie McBain - 15 January 11:59
Egyptians are expected to vote “yes” in a referendum on their new constitution. This will prove a big mistake.
By Sophie McBain - 03 January 11:52
Obesity rates triple in developing countries. A report by the Overseas Development Institute has found that one in three adults globally is obese.
By Sophie McBain - 02 January 13:10
WHO's response to Syria's polio outbreak, and its close relationship with the Syrian government, have been called into question.
By Sophie McBain - 18 December 10:48
There are currently 211 journalists in prison worldwide, and over 50 have been killed doing their job.
By Sophie McBain - 16 December 12:00
Ireland tops the list, and the Dutch are the stingiest.
By Sophie McBain - 13 December 12:31
Amnesty International condemns Europe's failure to resettle Syrian refugees.
By Sophie McBain - 12 December 11:55
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?
By Sophie McBain - 10 December 15:34
A short lesson in the art of mistranslating names into Chinese.
By Sophie McBain - 04 December 11:46
The good news is that the principle of habeas corpus may soon apply to chimpanzees in the US. The bad news is it still won't apply to humans suspected of terrorism.
By Sophie McBain - 03 December 13:48
The UK is ranked below the top 20 in terms of science, maths, reading and - crucially - happiness at school.
By Sophie McBain - 28 November 12:53
Underneath the popular insistence that Sinterklaas is just a cosy children’s event, some worrying and ugly sentiments have come to light.
By Sophie McBain - 28 November 12:19
Paul Conroy, the photojournalist injured in the attack that killed Marie Colvin in Homs, says he "can’t think of a single photo I could take at this moment in time that would increase public awareness." When will people start taking notice of Syria again?
By Sophie McBain - 25 November 15:17
Research by Bloomberg reveals the extent of the pay gap between executives and employees at 250 companies.
By Sophie McBain - 21 November 12:14
One in 10 people in Iceland are on antidepressants, and prescription rates across the OECD have dramatically increased.