Construction workers on strike stand outside the Rio 2016 Olympic Park. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

Workers at the main venue of the 2016 Olympic Games have voted to continue their strike indefinitely, just days before officials from the Inte(...)

 Pope Francis before  a gathering of  the Pontifical Gregorian University at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/EPA

Pope Francis has today made his first public plea for forgiveness for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his (...)

Prince Andrew, Duke of York (not pictured) shows President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins the colours of the disbanded Irish regiments at Windsor Castle yesterday. Photograph:  WPA Pool/Getty Images

No greater love hath an Irish President – even one who supports Chelsea – than to declare(...)

Luca de Meo: “There is nobody better placed than [Audi] to integrate in the right way consumer technology in an automotive environment”

On the eve of the major motor shows, Volkswagen’s board members like to flex their motor-industry muscles with their own show, featuring the le(...)

The International Monetary Fund today predicted the global recovery would strengthen this year as output in richer nations picked up, but it wa(...)

The agreed sale of SFR also promises to reshape Europe’s third-biggest telecoms market after two years of fierce price competition. Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

France’s Vivendi said it had accepted cable company Numericable’s bid for its (...)

The boards of Lafarge and Holcim  are due to announce the companies’ merger today. Photograph: Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg

  The world’s two largest cement makers, France’s Lafarge and Holcim of Switzerland, have agreed the terms of a merger that would create a(...)

The Double

Simon James (played by Jesse Eisenberg in a career best, surely?) is a socially awkward, cripplingly polite office wonk, whose innovations at work (...)

Indian slum dwellers outside their makeshift huts on a roadside in New Delhi. Photograph: Kamal Kishore / Reuters

India is an exceedingly rich nation. India is one of the poorest nations on this earth. The incongruities of life in the sub-continent can appe(...)

A military police officer patrols Complexo da Maré, one of the largest favelas in Rio. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A resurgence in gang violence has led Brazil’s authorities to call up the army to help police slums in Rio de Janeiro less than four months bef(...)

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