Buenos Aires tango

The Argentina that 56-year-old mayor of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri takes over as president is something of a poisoned chalice. The historic rejection(...)

 A file image of  Andre Esteves, chief executive of the Brazilian financial firm Banco BTG Pactual, who  has been arrested on  in connection to a sweeping corruption probe into Brazil’s multinational energy corporation Petrobras. Photograph: Jean Christophe-Bott/EPA.

An investigation into corruption at Petrobras, Brazil’s state-owned oil company, has resulted in the arrests of a sitting senator and a bill(...)

Members of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union  protest in front of the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Pre-tax inequality in South Africa is as high as it was 20 years ago – and it is the world’s highest. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Last week I visited South Africa for the first time in 15 years. In 2000, when euphoria over the transition to democracy gripped the world’s imaginati(...)

Argentinian president-elect Mauricio Macri. He told his supporters that “change cannot be held up by revenge or score-settling”. Photograph: David Fernandez/EPA

In a historic political shift, Argentina has elected a right-wing politician as president for the first time in its history. Mauricio Macri defeated p(...)

Supporters of the victorious presidential hopeful of the Cambiemos party, Mauricio Macri celebrate his win in downtown Buenos Aires on November 22, 2015. Photograph: Emiliano Lasalvia/AFP/Getty Images

Conservative opposition challenger Mauricio Macri won Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, bringing to an end more than a decade of free-spen(...)

The UN conference on climate change in Paris from November 30th-December 11th provides a greater cause for optimism than any previous climate summit. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images.

As Paris recovers from the shock of the recent horrific attacks, the City of Light also stands as a beacon of hope for the world as it prepares to hos(...)

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(...)

Opposition leader Mauricio Macri during his closing campaign rally in Hamahuaca. He is expected to become the first right-wing politician to be elected Argentina’s president. Photograph: Frente Cambiemos/EPA

Argentina stands on the verge of a seismic political shift this weekend. Opinion polls in the South American country show opposition leader Mauricio M(...)

Researchers at University College Cork have developed a compound from tree berries which has shown the potential to significantly reduce size of tumou(...)

Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi: Russia has been hit by sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine while India has not performed as brightly as expected. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

So farewell to the Brics. Well, to be more accurate, we can say goodbye to the Goldman Sachs fund named for the handy acronym penned by its then chief(...)