Fumigating to prevent dengue, chikunguya and Zika virus at El Angel cemetery, in Lima, Peru. Photograph: Martin Mejia/AP Photo

Pregnant women are being advised to consider postponing travel to areas affected by Zika amid global concern at the spread of the mosquito-borne virus(...)

A man fumigating a house in Mexico City, Mexico as part of the country’s campaign against the Zika virus. Photograph: Mexican Secretary Office of Health/EPA

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its travel warning to another eight countries or territories that pose a risk of infe(...)

Pope Francis greets an ambassador and his wife during an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican on Monday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis put the emphasis firmly on the plight of migrants in his annual address to diplomats at the Vatican, saying their cry is “the cry of thos(...)

Gendarmerie at a demonstration in Buenos Aires in April 2014. Tuesday’s road accident victims were with the  National Gendarmerie, a special police force typically charged with patrolling frontier regions. Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

At least 41 police officers have been killed after a bus in a convoy in northern Argentina fell off the side of a bridge. The bus was one of three ca(...)

The lithium-ion polymer battery of a hybrid vehicle: demand for lithium’s use in electric vehicles could grow 11-fold by 2025, says Goldman Sachs. Photograph: Seongjoon Cho/Bloomberg

When Douglas Caster was 13 his father marched him to the Teeside steelworks in the north-east of England where he worked. It was meant as a warning. (...)

Newly-elected Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Venezuela’s ruling socialist party has been crushed in mid-term elections held on Sunday as the country’s self-styled Bolivarian revolution suffered i(...)

Silvia Bernal: “I realised when I was older all the things my parents had to do to give us food every day.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Silvia Bernal: arrived from Bolivia, 2011 The street where Silvia Bernal lived as a child in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz always flooded during (...)

Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova: the marathon runner ran race after race untroubled by the fear of suspension despite showing blood values which were off the charts. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA

The soothing noises regarding Russia’s presence at next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio became even more soothing on Friday, with the International Olym(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins with Bolivian president Evo Morales at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has told Bolivian president Evo Morales there should be an international investigation into the killing (...)

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales: Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he woulld discuss trade and political links between the two countries.  Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

Bolivian president Evo Morales will become the first South American head of state to visit Ireland when he arrives in Dublin today for a two-day visit(...)