Monte dei Paschi di Siena  chief executive Fabrizio Viola. Photograph: Marc Hill/Bloomberg

Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena launched a €3 billion share sale yesterday, its second cash call in less than a year, to plug a capital shortfa(...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang: several parts of the country were practically on lockdown while he was ferried about Galway and Mayo

Irish officialdom went into overdrive last weekend for the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Several parts of the country were practically on lockd(...)

In Ireland, a traditionally Roman Catholic country that has long been known for a seeming conservative streak, the lack of a strong backlash during the referendum campaign has been notable, even as opponents of the measure have mobilised.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Here’s a take from the New York Times on the significance of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum being decided on Friday in Ireland. In 1993, Ireland was(...)

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, and his wife, Madam Cheng, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Garvey’s farm Gortbrack, Co Mayo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Chinese premier Li Keqiang and Taoiseach Enda Kenny have signed two new memoranda of understanding during a visit by a high-level Chinese delegation i(...)

A  file photograph of a golden lion tamarin monkey. French police have launched a nationwide hunt after the theft  of seven golden lion tamarins and 10 silver marmosets from Beauval zoo over the weekend. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Police are hunting across France for 17 rare monkeys that were stolen from a zoo south of Paris over the weekend, the zoo’s director has said.The seve(...)

Lisbon: Park bar, on the roof of a car park. Photograph: Patricia De Melo Moreira
Weekend in . . . Lisbon

Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital. Throughout the hilly metropolis on the Tagus River, fading structures and spaces are being s(...)

Police on  guard near the Corinthians fans’ Hall 9 headquarters, in Vila dos Remedios, west of São  Paulo, after a shooting that left eight people dead on April 19th, 2015. Seven  Corinthians fans were executed at the site, and an eighth person was shot at a nearby gas station. File photograph: Fernando Neves/AFP/Getty Images

Authorities in Brazil have ordered the arrest of one serving and one former police officer suspected of carrying out the murder of eight supporters of(...)

Bottles of Corona beer, an Anheuser-Busch InBev brand, are seen in Mexico City. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, reported revenue that topped analysts’ estimates as sales of more expensive beers in emerging market(...)

Union members at May Day celebrations which were also attended by former Brazilian president “Lula”. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/Getty Images

The corruption crisis engulfing Brazil’s ruling Workers Party has deepened with the revelation that former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva is u(...)

Alexandre Tombini, president of the central bank of Brazil. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Brazil is considering selling as much as $2 billion in overseas debt in its first issuance since a corruption scandal all but shut off the country fro(...)