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(...)

On the 2nd of December a tragedy was enacted in Charlestown rather resembling the early scenes of the French Revolution than the acts of a free people(...)

Simon Zebo: “Munster will always, always mean a lot to me. It’s my childhood club.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

With Pau and potentially Toulouse and Stade Francais in the process of formally offering more lucrative offers than his contract with Munster, Simon (...)

Bridal Vail fall in the spotlight

We are two brothers, early 60s, going on a cruise for the first time. We travel in October with MSC from Barcelona to Miami, over 18 days. We stop (...)

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(...)

A man walks past a makeshift memorial for French policeman Ahmed Merabet near the site where he was shot dead. Photograph: Joel Saget/Getty Images

On Boulevard Richard Lenoir, as a sea of people made their way towards Place de la République to join the march, many of them paused at a shrine of ca(...)

Actress Lauren Bacall has died oaged 89 years old. Photograph: by Baron/Getty Images

Lauren Bacall, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau(...)

Josephine  de Beauharnais: dsescribed by 19th century historian Frédéric Masson as a woman of easy virtue who spent a huge amount of money. Image: Musée du Luxembourg

“I awake filled with you. Your portrait and yesterday’s intoxicating evening left no repose for my senses. Gentle, incomparable Josephine, what(...)

Caribbean holiday in January with a €6,000 budget
Ask Joan

My husband and I are visiting Cape Town for five days in early December, arriving by cruise and departing by air, and would appreciate suggestions on (...)