Saudi Arabia’s repression reaches Istanbul

FOR five days friends and colleagues have wondered what became of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist living in self-imposed exile. On October 2nd he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect some paperwork.…

Some plants nurture soil bacteria that keep them…

THE bacteria which inhabit human beings, particularly the guts of those beings, have been found in recent years to be important for fending off disease. That something similar happens in other animal species is doubtless…

Some clues on why China arrested the president…

AT A gathering in Beijing last year of Interpol, the body that promotes co-operation between police forces from different countries, the group’s Chinese president, Meng Hongwei (pictured, above left), warned of “political black-swan incidents” that…

A climate change report calls for urgent action

THREE years ago the world agreed in Paris to keep global warming below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels, and preferably no higher than 1.5°C. Scientists expecting a fuzzier climate-friendly commitment were astonished by the inclusion…