US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani with Pope Francis  at the end of their private audience in the Vatican on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani took an important step down the road to improved relations with Western powers when he visited Pope Francis in the Vat(...)

A soldier on guard  on the  Champs-Elysees in Paris, France,  December 30th, 2015, ahead of what will be subdued new year celebrations in the French capital. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Authorities in Paris, with an eye to security following the November attacks by armed militants, are shortening a new year video light spectacular at (...)

UN peacekeepers patrol  a polling station in Bangui in the Central African Republic. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands in the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui have started voting in the country’s presidential election, with hope that a new president (...)

Migrants walking through a field to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni on August 29th. Photograph:   Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have “far surpassed” a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and(...)

Mongolian women working in the clothing industry. When women are paid, they earn on average 24%  less than men

Global development is being held back by the relative shortage of women in paid work, with participation rates having risen only slightly in the past (...)

 Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica, formally starting the Jubilee of Mercy, at the Vatican on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

“You are the door through which we come to thee, inexhaustible source of consolation for everyone . . .” With those words, Pope Francis on Tuesday m(...)

Pope Francis arriving at the St Maria Maggiore cathedral upon his return to Rome on Monday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte

Asked about the ongoing “Vatileaks 2” trial in the Vatican, Pope Francis on Monday joked that he was glad that 15th century femme fatale Lucrezia Borg(...)

Pope Francis gives his blessing during a visit to an internally displaced people camp at St Saviour parish in Bangui on November 29th, 2015. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

On his tour of Africa, Pope Francis gave a blessing at a refugee camp in St Savoir in Bangui, Central African Republic on Sunday. Thankfully for thos(...)

Pope Francis walks with the pastoral staff as he arrives to celebrate a mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Monday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope Francis ventured into one of the world’s most dangerous neighbourhoods on Monday to implore Christians and Muslims to end a spiral of ha(...)