This view from Puerto Varas. Authorities ordered an evacuation for a 10-kilometer (six-mile) radius around the volcano, which is the second in southern Chile to have a substantial eruption since March 3rd, when the Villarrica volcano emitted a brief but fiery burst of ash and lava. Photograph: David Cortes/AFP/Getty Images 1:25

Chile’s Calbuco volcano has erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely-populated mountainous area.Au(...)

A meeting between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Malley, about the controversial appointment of a Chilean bishop, went “very well”, Dublin survivor Marie Collins has said. Photograph: Reuters

An unscheduled meeting on Sunday between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Mal(...)

Fitzgerald Nursery staff harvesting a crop of sweet potatoes grown under cover in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Pat Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald Nurseries

In the same way that I have a soft spot for eccentrics and oddballs of the human kind, so I’ve always been intrigued by the horticulturally strange(...)

RSA chief executive Stephen Hester: has already sold a range of other RSA assets in the past year,worth about £800 million. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg.

RSA is considering a sale of its Latin America business in what would be the largest disposal yet by the UK insurer’s chief executive Stephen Hester a(...)

A cameraman films a forest fire in Chile. Thousands have been evacuated and a state of catastrophe has been declared along Chile’s coast due to the rapidly-spreading fire. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

Thousands of people have been evacuated as a serious forest fire spread quickly on Chile’s coast and threatened to reach the nearby port cities of Val(...)

Villarrica volcano, 1200 km from Santiago, in southern Chile, erupting on March 3rd, 2015 forcing the evacuation of more than 3,000 people in nearby villages. Photograph: AFP Photo/Antonchile/Carlos Rocuant 1:04

Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday, sending a plume of ash and lava high into the sky and forcing the evacuati(...)

 Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

China saw a rise of 70 percentage points in the ratio of corporate and household debt to GDP between 2007 and last year. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

Balance sheets matter. This is the biggest lesson of the financial crises that have rolled across the world economy. Changes in balance sheets shape t(...)

Dr Nata Duvvury, global women’s studies director at NUI Galway: “Violence in society further pulls down an economy’s capacity to recover from crisis.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Governments that cut back on supports such as rape crisis counselling during times of economic crisis are “shooting themselves in the foot”, a global (...)

The Douglas DC-3 plane, which carried members of the top-division Chilean team Green Cross, disappeared in the Andes mountains on April 3, 1961.

Chilean mountaineers say they have found the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Andes 54 years ago, killing 24 people, including eight members of(...)