‘Let God avert this’: Italian infantry march through the desert near Tripoli, Libya, in 1915, during the first World War. Photograph: PA

OPTIMISM IS RAPIDLY FAILING, EUROPEAN CONFLAGRATION ON THE WAYRome: We simply don’t know what is happening on the Austro-Hungarian border with Serbia,(...)

The Israeli Embassy in Dublin said there was no intention to cause insult or offence to anyone over controversial images that appeared on its official Twitter feed, including one of the statue of Molly Malone wearing a Muslim headscarf, last Friday.

The Israeli embassy in Dublin said there was no intention to cause insult or offence to anyone over controversial images that appeared on its official(...)

The altered image of Dublin’s Molly  Malone statue has been removed from the Israeli embassy’s Twitter account

The Israeli Embassy in Dublin has removed controversial images from its official Twitter feed, including one of the statue of Molly Malone wearing a M(...)

Refloated: people watch as the Costa Concordia is towed away from Giglio this week. Photograph: Laura Lezza/Getty Images

On the lovely Italian island of Giglio they have been dealing with shipwrecks for quite some time. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of Etrus(...)

 Louis van Gaal: well aware of Kevin Strrotman’s worth from  his time as manager of the Netherlands. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

Manager Rudi Garcia has ruled out the possibility of Kevin Strootman leaving Roma for Manchester United. United are understood to retain an interest i(...)

Joachim Pfeiffer: said of Ireland “there were bubbles in the real estate sector, there were bubbles in the banking sector and all of this was home-made”.Photograph: Maxwell’s

Ireland has “no chance” of securing a deal on its legacy bank debt, one of the most influential figures in German politics has told The Irish Times.J(...)

IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard: “Advanced economies are still confronted with high levels of public and private debt, which act as brakes on the recovery.”  Photograph: EPA/Alex Cruz

The International Monetary Fund has downgraded its outlook for global growth, blaming a “weak first quarter” in which the US economy contracted and “(...)

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Image of the week: Clown and out This sad clown is a Mexican circus performer who has taken time out from the ring to protest against a law in (...)

Astana Pro Team’s Vincenzo Nibali (centre) sits inside the peloton before his fourth stage win.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Vincenzo Nibali claimed his fourth stage success of the 101st Tour de France to all-but seal overall victory. Nibali (Astana) added victory on the 145(...)

Pope Francis blesses Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan and her baby during a private meeting at the Vatican today. photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Pope Francis this morning had a private meeting with Sudanese Christian woman, Meriam Ibrahim and her family, in the Domus Santa Marta in the Vatican.(...)