Blue-chip indexes in Italy and Spain were down 0.7 per cent . Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Stock markets in debt-laden Italy and Spain fell in early deals ahead of a presidential vote that threatens the future of Greece’s international bailo(...)

The car ferry Norman Atlantic burns in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Greece on Sunday. Photograph: Guardia Costiera/Reuters.

Rescue teams working through the night have pulled 265 people off a stricken car ferry which caught fire off the coast of Greece on Sunday.More than 2(...)

Migrants on board an Italian Navy vessel on December 24th, 2014. Photograph: Italian Navy/EPA

Nearly 1,250 migrants have so far been rescued in the Mediterranean over the Christmas period and five bodies have been recovered, Italian officials s(...)

Former Liverpool striker may be on his way from AC Milan  to boyhood club Atlético Madrd. Photograph: Getty Images

Milan have opened negotiations with Atlético Madrid as they seek to dispense with the services of Fernando Torres, who is currently on a two-year loa(...)

Ma’a Nonu of the All Blacks will join Toulon next season.  Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Former Italy and Stade Francais outhalf Diego Dominguez will succeed Bernard Laporte as Toulon coach for the 2016-17 season and New Zealand centre Ma(...)

Phelim Donlon: meeting him sparked lifelong careers, nurtured by wise mentoring

Phelim Donlon, who has died aged 78, was deeply influential in the remarkable expansion of professional Irish theatre in the closing decades of the la(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will have to begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Italy without Johnny Sexton, who is resigned to being out of action until F(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel commenting on the tax debate in Brussels  said  “everybody is now in the same boat”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The surprise announcement by the European Commission that it is to extend its request for information on tax rulings to all European Union member stat(...)

The summit  of EU leaders will be  the first under new European Council president Donald Tusk.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ireland’s corporate tax regime is expected to face fresh scrutiny today at a summit of EU leaders in Brussels, as Taoiseach Enda Kenny meets EU leader(...)

Tango dancers hold banners for Pope Francis who celebrated his 78th birthday on Wednesday. Tango dancers from around the world gathered in the Vatican to wish the Argentinian Pope a happy birthday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters 1:39

It’s not every day you see hundreds of couples dancing the evocative Tango in St. Peter’s Square. However, that was the scene at midday on Wednesday i(...)