Pope Francis arriving at the St Maria Maggiore cathedral upon his return to Rome on Monday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte

Asked about the ongoing “Vatileaks 2” trial in the Vatican, Pope Francis on Monday joked that he was glad that 15th century femme fatale Lucrezia Borg(...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney reiterates stance on interest rates, or does he?  Photgraph: Suzanne Plunkett/AFP/Getty Images

Mark Carney has told you once, now he’s telling you again: An interest-rate increase really, really isn’t the Bank of England’s first weapon(...)

Eight  skulls were found near a beach north of Barcelona.

Eight skulls, thought to be human, have been found along with other bones in shallow waters off a popular beach in Spain, police said A Catalonia reg(...)

 Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg  leave a press briefing after their meeting at the organisation’s  headquarters in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

Russia has been accused of trying to “cover up” its infringement of Turkish airspace with “unfounded” claims that Turkey is illegally importi(...)

Friends First chief economist Jim Power says the biggest threat to the economy remains political

(...) and a possible “Brexit” by the UK from Europe possibly impacting on recovery. Housing has also(...)

 A file photograph showing Indonesian  search and rescue  crews lift the ruins of AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft tail from  the Java Sea during their recovery mission in  January 2015. Photograph: EPA

(...) said on Twitter. In Europe, Airbus declined immediate comment. “Airbus has just received the final(...)

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu thanks lawmakers after his government received a vote of confidence at the parliament in Ankara on Monday. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s prime minister has dismissed any suggestion Ankara should apologise for downing a Russian warplane in its airspace last week, after (...)

Reports to an Academy by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain

(...) links with Ireland, and it is as if his time in mainland Europe has strengthened his identification with(...)

Brian Clough: “We’ve done it as I assume everybody wants to do their job: nicely, honourably and well.”   (AP Photo/PA)

Europe. Clough says: “We’ve done it as I assume everybody wants to do their job: nicely, honourably and(...)

(...) available to us to reduce petroleum consumption.  Finally, we should work to change Europe(...)