Alive with artisans: Cairo’s al-Darb al-Ahmar district – a photo essay

“Whatever manufactured items there are in the world,” wrote the Ottoman traveller Evliya Çelebi in 1671, “the poor of Cairo get hold of them, set them out and trade in them.” Nearly 350 years later, this tradition lives on in al-Darb al-Ahmar. This neighbourhood of 100,000 people, south-east of central Cairo, is said to be …

WhatsApp co-founder joins call to #DeleteFacebook as fallout intensifies

Facebook’s troubles entered a fourth day with a rising chorus of people – including the co-founder of WhatsApp – joining the #DeleteFacebook movement as the Federal Trade Commission was reported to be investigating the company’s handling of personal data. Momentum gathered behind the #DeleteFacebook campaign, with several media outlets publishing guides to permanently deleting your …

‘A vicious circle I couldn’t break’: the software helping tackle online betting

“I self-excluded from the major online casinos but there was always a new company I could open with and some of them don’t make it easy to self-exclude,” says Michael, a bricklayer from Glasgow, who started betting on football and greyhounds when he was 15, before developing a serious gambling addiction. “I’d never even been …

Donald Trump isn’t waging war on science. He just doesn’t care

The first time the word “science” appeared in a tweet by Donald Trump was on 13 September 2012, long before he became US president, when he wrote: “Wake Up America! See article: ‘Israeli Science: Obama Birth Certificate is a Fake’.” Since becoming president, Trump has not mentioned the words “science” or “technology” in his tweets, …

Abortion rates drop dramatically – but only in rich countries

Rates of abortion have dropped significantly across the world in the past quarter-century, but the decline has been predominantly in the developed world, according to a report. Evidence gathered by the US-based Guttmacher Institute, a research and advocacy group for reproductive health, suggests the procedure, which kills tens of thousands of women every year, has …

Update: Thinking of Going to Brazil? You Will Need a Yellow Fever Vaccination

Update The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that an outbreak of the virus means that travelers should get the vaccine before a trip. Carried by mosquitoes, the virus has spread to the very edge of Brazil’s largest cities, including São Paulo.CreditDado Galdieri for The New York Times The Centers for Disease Control and …