Tango dancers hold banners for Pope Francis who celebrated his 78th birthday on Wednesday. Tango dancers from around the world gathered in the Vatican to wish the Argentinian Pope a happy birthday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters 1:39

It’s not every day you see hundreds of couples dancing the evocative Tango in St. Peter’s Square. However, that was the scene at midday on Wednesday i(...)

Marsha Mehran lived a reclusive life, an inquest heard

A coroner in Co Mayo has recorded an open verdict at an inquest into the death of an Iranian novelist at a rented apartment in Co Mayo.Marsha Mehran ((...)

Wine: Get the party started

There is no better way to get the Christmas festivities going than popping open a bottle of fizz. I intend serving a magnum of Champagne, but a goo(...)

A screen showing the price of Repsol’s shares at Madrid’s Stock Exchange. The Spanish oil giant has about $10 billion in cash and short-term instruments available to make acquisitions

Repsol, the Spanish oil group, is in talks to acquire Talisman Energy of Canada, in a deal that could value the target’s equity at up to $8 billion.Se(...)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (left) receives the final report of the Commission of Truth about human rights violations during the last dictatorship (1964-1985) from the Commission of Truth coordinator Pedro Dallari, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Photograph: Fernando Bizzera Jr/EPA

A truth commission investigating humans rights abuses committed by Brazil’s 1964-85 military dictatorship called on Wednesday for the overturning of (...)

 Diego Costa of Chelsea is expected to start against Newcastle United.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Saturday, December 6thHull (17) v West Brom (16) Striker Abel Hernandez returns to the Hull squad after missing two matches for the birth of his child(...)

Khalid Nasser Rashed Lootah: was recalled to Abu Dhabi before tribunal ruling

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador to Ireland, who was found to have kept three domestic servants “as slaves”, is to be replaced. Khalid Nasser(...)

Tabaré Vázquez waves a Uruguayan flag to celebrate his victory in the country’s presidential election. His victory follows those in recent weeks for fellow leftists Evo Morales in Bolivia and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. Photograph: Matilde Campodonico/AP

Sunday’s comfortable victory for the ruling Broad Front movement in Uruguay was the latest confirmation of the enduring appeal of left-wing rule in So(...)

A young fan of presidential candidate for the ruling Broad Front party, Tabaré Vázquez, at a  campaign rally for the movement in Montevideo, Uruguay. Photograph: Matilde Campodonico/AP

Uruguay is set to hand the ruling left-wing Broad Front movement a third consecutive term in office as a reward for overseeing a decade of huge econom(...)

Bernadette McAliskey: “An educated poor eats its government.” Photograph: Paula Geraghty

The primacy of human rights has to be the  lens through which we can "understand society" and be "agents for a better world",  former MP,(...)