Christine Lagarde demonstrated leadership during the global financial crisis, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty

Christine Lagarde has picked up support from European countries including Ireland and a one-time rival for a second term as leader of the Internationa(...)

Giant’s staircase: Utec, Lima has ‘opened up exciting new frontiers for Peruvian architecture’. Photograph: Grafton Architects, Iwan Baan Studio

Drive south on Lima’s coastal highway and the city’s beachside cliffs loom above you until a ravine cuts a path inland. Take this road and quickly re(...)

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the range of initiatives to combat climate change - from new technology, to conservations, to behaviour change - were brilliant but needed to be implemented swiftly. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images.

Many impressive responses to climate change have emerged in recent years but they need to be deployed immediately to avoid the rapid rise of world tem(...)

Otto has set the record for the longest human tunnel travelled through by a skateboarding dog. Photograph: Raul Sifuentes/Guinness World Records/PA

A bulldog has rolled into the record books after skateboarding under the longest human tunnel. Otto coasted under the legs of 30 people to earn the Gu(...)

Christiana Figueres, Manuel Pulgar Vidal (centre) and Laurent Fabius: Recent reports published have driven home the gravity of the climate change situation. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Whatever suspense remained over the COP21 climate conference that will take place in Paris from November 30th to December 11th evaporated this week, w(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde delivers a speech during the IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Lima. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s leading finance ministers agreed on Friday to change the rules on taxing profits, and warned multinational companies they could no long(...)

The Federal Reserve: the IMF urged it to wait until next year to raise rates for the first time in almost a decade

The International Monetary Fund has warned that emerging economies and bond markets need to prepare for an increase in corporate failures if and when (...)

Policemen investigate the area around a murder scene in Kumagaya, Saitama  where six people were found stabbed to death. Photograph: Getty

The brother of a notorious Peruvian mass murderer dubbed the “apostle of death” has been arrested in Japan over suspicions he killed six people himsel(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and Peruvian environment minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

Officials responsible for the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change are attempting to inject a new sense of urgency into negotiations, in(...)

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has already become a central figure in the presidency of her former partner François Hollande. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Revenge is a dish best eaten cold. A decade ago, Ségolène Royal watched helplessly as Valérie Trierweiler, a journalist at Paris Match magazine who(...)