Pope Francis covers his face due winds upon his arrival to Quito, Ecuador. Photograph: Jose Jacome/EPA

Laughing as his hat flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a “homecoming” tour of South America, wher(...)

A fan with a flag in the Argentine colours. The pope is not travelling  to his native Argentina during this trip. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Pope Francis sets out tomorrow on a week-long trip to three of Latin America’s poorest countries, namely Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay. Although the(...)

 Roger Casement.

A symposium on Roger Casement in London and a three week festival in Washington DC are among the events which have been announced for the internationa(...)

The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, where a three-week festival, Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture, will take place next year. Photograph: Getty Images

The lead-up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising presents many opportunities to reflect on the diverse and complex history of this island. And think(...)

Pope Francis’s September visit to Cuba will precede his journey to Washington, New York and Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Getty Images

Cuba’s foreign minister has welcomed the Vatican announcement that Pope Francis is to visit the country en route to the US in September. Vatican spoke(...)

A commemoration parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising passes the GPO in Dublin city centre in 2006. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times 7:08

A year-long Easter Rising commemorative programme with the emphasis on remembrance and reconciliation has been unveiled by the Government. The program(...)

Camille Muffat of France celebrates winning the gold medal in the women’s 400m freestyle final at the  London 2012 Olympic Games. Ten people, including Muffat, former boxer Alexis Vastine and yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, were killed on Monday when two helicopters collided in northern Argentina, news reports said. Photograph: Patrick B Kraemer/EPA

Tributes were pouring in on Tuesday morning for three French sports stars killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina.Two helicopters collided near Vill(...)

Federal judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, former wife of late Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, speaks during a news conference in Buenos Aires. Independent forensic tests show that Mr Nisman was murdered, the deceased prosecutor’s ex-wife said on Thursday.  Photograph: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

The former wife of a federal prosecutor who died of a gunshot wound to the head after making explosive accusations against Argentina’s president charg(...)

Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has had cover-up charges against her dismissed. Photograph: Jose Tantessio/AFP/Getty Images

An Argentine judge has dismissed charges filed against president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, a week after more than a quarter of a million took to(...)

A group of prosecutors and judiciary workers lead a march under heavy rain in Buenos Aires on Wednesday to pay tribute to  prosecutor Alberto Nisman a month after his  death in mysterious circumstances. Photograph: Agustin Marcarian/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Argentines took to the streets on Wednesday night to demand justice for prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died in mysterious cir(...)