The writing world has begun mourning the loss of award-winning satirist Philip Roth, the famed author of American Pastoral, who has died aged 85. One notable name to pay tribute was David Simon, creator of The Wire, who has been working on...
Ramadan is particularly punishing in Hodeidah on Yemen’s west coast, where the temperature is currently 36C. Many of the Houthi rebels who have held the city since 2015 are used to the cooler highlands and struggle in the heat.  Tensions are running...
Single-use coffee cups will be banned in Scottish government buildings to reduce the harmful impact of plastic pollution. Hot drinks will be served in reusable ceramic mugs in cafes and canteens at offices including St Andrew’s House and Victoria Quay in Edinburgh...
The developers of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds have "fallen short", they have admitted. The frank admission of the game's problems comes as the battle royale genre comes to be dominated by rival game Fortnite. That game has quickly become the most popular in the world,...
Almost three million people have worked in the gig economy in the last 12 months, according to official figures, where, traditionally, there has been a trade off. Self-employed workers earned a higher hourly or day rate than staff, to offset the lack...
San Francisco’s city attorney has demanded that Uber and Lyft turn over employment records after a California high court ruling that could reshape the gig economy. Technology firms that allow people to perform discrete tasks for money - like driving passengers to their...
Despite having the greatest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela’s government is being forced to spend millions of dollars a day importing crude to prop up its ailing industry. Petrol remains the only cheap commodity left in Venezuela amid the collapse of...
Let’s address “when’s it due?”. It’s a tricky question if you know for sure that your interlocutor is pregnant. If you don’t, it’s potentially disastrous.  The first time someone asked me a similar question, I was a 19-year-old student. I was standing in the...
A majority of voters think Brexit will harm the UK economy in the coming years, a new poll has found. The survey, carried out by BMG exclusively for The Independent, found 52 per cent of people think the economy will weaken in...
More than 120 pregnant females were among hundreds of whales slaughtered in Japan’s latest hunt in the Antarctic, prompting condemnation and calls for international action. A total of 333 minke whales were killed as part of the country’s so-called “scientific” whaling programme,...