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Pope Francis arrives to give a mass in Holguin, Cuba, a cradle of Catholic faith and home of Fidel and Raul Castro. Photograph: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images

During the visit of Pope Francis to the US, which starts on Tuesday, the pontiff will address a group of 200 poor and sick beneficiaries of Catholic c(...)

Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst  outside the Hwange magistrates court, where he faces charges of failing to prevent an unlawful hunt. Photograph:   Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

A professional hunter who helped an American kill a popular lion named Cecil in an allegedly illegal hunt in Zimbabwe has said that the case against h(...)

The protected lion known as Cecil, which was killed by American dentist Walter Palmer. Photograph: Paula French via AP

Another American illegally hunted and killed a lion in Zimbabwe several months ago, officials say amid an international outcry over the US hunter accu(...)

Protesters gather outside Dr Walter James Palmer’s dental office in Bloomington, Minnesota, after Palmer reportedly paid $50,000 to track and kill Cecil, a black-maned lion, just outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Photograph: Reuters

Yes, of course, the furore surrounding Walter Palmer, killer of Cecil the Zimbabwean lion, highlights hypocrisies in our attitude to animal cruelty. O(...)

The entrance to River Bluff Dental clinic where Walter Palmer, who killed the lion, works. Photograph: Eric Miller/Reuters

Two signs on the door of a nondescript dental office in Bloomington, Minnesota, ask passers-by to mourn the death of Cecil, the lion lured from his s(...)

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals group reacted with fury and said in a statement: “If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property ... he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.” Photograph: AP

Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a protected lion named Cecil have appeared in court as anger at the kill by an American dentist escalat(...)

Latvian Kristaps Porzingis, who  was drafted number four overall by the New York Knicks, towers over NBA commissioner Adam Silver, at the Barclays Center in New York. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times

Basketball culture still reveres the tall man as Kristaps Porzingis, a 7ft 1in baller from Latvia, proved by becoming the most famous teenager in New (...)

Though a longtime New Yorker, composer Maria Schneider is still a midwesterner at heart. Her latest work for the celebrated ensemble that bears(...)

 Donald Trump  announces his candidacy for the US presidency at Trump Tower  in New York City. Mr Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Canadian rock veteran Neil Young has continued a American tradition of recording artists asking Republican candidates to stop playing their music afte(...)