Wikileaks founder Julian Assange squints in the sunlight as he prepares to speak from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel rule(...)

A British government spokesman on Friday: ‘We completely reject any claim that Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention’. File photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The UK Foreign Office has said the UN working group’s decision on Julian Assange “changes nothing” and it “completely rejects” any claim he is a vi(...)

Fumigating to prevent dengue, chikunguya and Zika virus at El Angel cemetery, in Lima, Peru. Photograph: Martin Mejia/AP Photo

Pregnant women are being advised to consider postponing travel to areas affected by Zika amid global concern at the spread of the mosquito-borne virus(...)

A man fumigating a house in Mexico City, Mexico as part of the country’s campaign against the Zika virus. Photograph: Mexican Secretary Office of Health/EPA

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its travel warning to another eight countries or territories that pose a risk of infe(...)

Pope Francis greets an ambassador and his wife during an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican on Monday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis put the emphasis firmly on the plight of migrants in his annual address to diplomats at the Vatican, saying their cry is “the cry of thos(...)

Julian Assange has been living in Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than three years and has been granted political asylum by Quito. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

A possible breakthrough has emerged in the deadlocked case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange which is set to lead to him being questioned by Swedish(...)

Silvia Bernal: “I realised when I was older all the things my parents had to do to give us food every day.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Silvia Bernal: arrived from Bolivia, 2011 The street where Silvia Bernal lived as a child in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz always flooded during (...)

Rain or no rain: Dublin is up there as one of the hottest destinations and experiences for the year ahead...say Lonely Planet.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

An increasingly cosmopolitan vibe and the centenary of 1916 have formed an unlikely alliance to make Dublin one of the world’s must-visit cities for t(...)

A photo released by Galapagos National Park shows a new species of tortoise on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Photograph: Galapagos National Park

Scientists have discovered a new species of giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador, through genetic testing. The tortoise is the 15th kno(...)

Image from August 2012 of British police outside the  Ecuadorian embassy  in Knightsbridge,  London, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had recently taken  refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex allegations. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

British police officers are no longer stationed outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took refuge to avoid e(...)