Millions on strike over Tesco threat in India
Multinational supermarkets like Tesco or Wal-Mart will soon be allowed to set up shop in India’s cities. Millions are furious at the news – and yesterday, they took to the streets to protest.
Brazil flexes new ‘soft’ power with African aid
Brazil: once a recipient of aid, now a generous provider for other nations. Over the past month, its money has flooded into African countries. But what does Brazil want in return?
World to go from ‘poor’ to ‘middle class’ by 2030
The next twenty years could transform our world, says a groundbreaking new report. Today, most people are poor, isolated and oppressed. By 2030, we will be rich, connected, and free.
Apple faces boycott threat over Chinese factories
According to recent reports, top selling Apple gadgets are made in conditions that are unfair, unsafe and unethical. Bosses face a painful question: how many people died to make the iPhone?
China goes urban as workers flood into cities
For the first time in history, China’s urban population outnumbers the rural. City living is now the future for the majority of humanity. But what is the appeal of the big smoke?
Religious minorities jailed over plastic triangle
Nine men from America’s Amish community face prison today after ignoring road safety rules. They say reflective signs, demanded on their vehicles by law, are against their religion.
World population set to tip seven billion
The world population has doubled over the past 50 years, and on Monday it is set to reach a phenomenal seven billion. How will the planet deal with this unprecedented number of people?
An ecosystem wiped out in a single generation
Coral reefs – among the world's most exciting habitats – are set for extinction. For the first time in history, humans will have destroyed not just a species but a whole living ecosystem.
Q&A: Controversial Latin leader returns in triumph
With his defiance of the West, Hugo Chavez has become an iconic political renegade. He has major influence in South America, but are men like Chavez the region’s future – or its past?
The truth about being a modern-day pirate
International forces are cracking down on Somali pirates. Many are now facing imprisonment or execution, but the attacks keep coming. What draws so many recruits to join the pirate fleets?