UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria’s war-battered north-west

Alarmed by the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in north-west Syria and the tragic suffering of civilians, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called for an immediate ceasefire in the ongoing fight that has displaced more than 900.000 civilians since early December.   

Plymouth Rock: Mayflower monument covered in graffiti

It was one of several monuments in Plymouth that was vandalised on Monday morning.

Andrew Sabisky: What is superforecasting?

The idea that came out of a US competition to improve the way we predict world events.

‘My horse knew I had brain cancer before I did’

A woman tells how her beloved pet kept sniffing the right side of her head before two brain tumours were diagnosed.

Nasa’s 2020 rover: Can we finally answer the big question about...

The US space agency's next rover will hunt for life's traces among the rocks of the Red Planet.

Coronavirus: The noted victims of the virus in Wuhan

A bodybuilder, a watercolour artist and a film director are amongst those who have died in Wuhan.

How are weather forecasts made?

Extreme weather events are happening around the world regularly and forecasts can help people prepare.

Should organ donors be paid? The heavy toll of US kidney...

Thousands of Americans die from kidney failure each year, but efforts to find organ donors remain contentious.

Iraq: Education access still a challenge in former ISIL-controlled areas

More than two years after the defeat of ISIL in Iraq, some children in areas formerly controlled by the terrorist group still cannot access school or get the necessary documentation required for enrollment, a UN report published on Monday finds. 

As north-west Syria violence reaches ‘horrifying’ new level, UN relief chief...

The crisis in north-west Syria has reached a “horrifying new level”, the UN Humanitarian Affairs chief warned on Monday.

World must ‘step up’, match Pakistan’s compassion for refugees, says UN...

Pakistan’s solidarity and compassion for hosting Afghan refugees is a remarkable blueprint that the rest of the world should follow.  

Amid global ‘learning crisis’, Parliaments can ensure adequate resources for education,...

Education is the “great equalizer” and Parliaments have a major role to play in scaling up action to ensure that adequate financial resources are allocated to education, girls’ education and technical and vocational training throughout in national budgetary processes, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Monday.

Protecting migratory species in a rapidly changing world

Many animals – including birds, fish and mammals – migrate along set routes in search of food or breeding grounds. How best to protect them in a rapidly changing world is the focus of a major UN wildlife meeting which opened in Gandhinagar, India, on Monday. 

Coronavirus: Rescue plan ‘considered’ for Britons trapped on cruise

The Foreign office is contacting the 74 passengers trapped in Japan to ask if they want to fly home.

Rikki Neave: Man charged with 1994 schoolboy murder

The body of six-year-old Rikki Neave was found naked and strangled in woods near his home.