Lord Lucan has been missing since November 7th, 1974. Photograph:  PA Wire

This week’s High Court decision to issue a death certificate for Lord Lucan is the latest punctuation mark in a murder mystery that has fascinated the(...)

Members of the  Save Roscommon campaign.

On a map, the 30 sq km of Roscommon that is being proposed as an addition to Westmeath looks like a square wedge marked off by one of those colonial l(...)

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(...)

More than 100,000 people have had to evacuate from their homes in the bordering areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina due to severe flooding. Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

More than 100,000 people have had to evacuate from their homes in the bordering areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina due to severe floodi(...)

A supporter of Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro holds a poster with a picture of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez  during the last campaign rally with pro-government candidates for Sunday’s upcoming parliamentary elections, in Caracas on Thursday. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

With the political sands shifting in South America, the Bolivarian revolution of the late Hugo Chávez faces a major dilemma heading into crucial mid-t(...)

Policemen escort five Syrian men after they were detained at Toncontin international airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

A group of five Syrians paid smugglers $10,000 (€9,340) each to travel through multiple countries before being detained for carrying false Greek docum(...)

Lawyer Elizabeth Torales said  a girl aged 11  gave birth to a baby girl via Caesarean section in Paraguay. Ms Torales says there were no complications and both the mother and baby are resting. File photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

An 11-year-old girl who was denied an abortion has given birth in Paraguay. Elizabeth Torales, lawyer for the girl’s mother, says the minor gave birt(...)

Pope Francis arrives in Banado Norte, near Asuncion, Paraguay, on Sunday. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

Pope Francis I, wrapping up his three-country tour of South America, yesterday urged people living in a flood-prone shanty town in Paraguay to stay un(...)

Luisa Quispe, a self-described witch, holds up coca leaves, which she uses to divine the future in El Alto. Photograph: David Mercado/ Reuters.

Pope Francis drank a tea of coca leaves, chamomile flower and anise seeds on the plane to Bolivia from Ecuador to ward off altitude sickness upon a(...)