Artist Simon Kizito tries to sell his painting of Pope Francis in Nairobi’s Kangemi slum. Photograph: Nichole Sobecki/Getty

Against a post-Paris backdrop of security concerns, Pope Francis this morning sets out on a five-day visit to Africa, travelling to Kenya, Uganda and (...)

A passion for the sea and hard sleepless nights on a rolling platform are prerequisites among crew seeking a berth on a trawler. Photograph: EPA

Dangerous, dysfunctional and overregulated in parts: the fishing industry rarely makes headlines for any of the right reasons. A passion for the sea (...)

Pope Francis, who has received  a dossier containing allegations of “sexual slavery” in Kenya by a missionary order. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

A former missionary has denounced the Catholic religious order he belonged to for overseeing a system of “sexual slavery” in Kenya and he has taken hi(...)

Noriana grew up in Lucan, Co Dublin, and moved to Galway 10 years ago to join a band. She met Éimhín, formerly a drummer with the Saw Doctors, (...)

The Gundestrup cauldron displayed in the “Celts: art and identity” exhibition at the British Museum in London. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The Celtic nations of these islands have seldom been more assertive in recent centuries than they are today, as Scotland toys with independence, Wales(...)

A protester holding a sign that reads ‘Americans get off South China Sea’, is confronted by police outside the US Embassy in Beijing. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

China has accused Washington of having a “cold war mentality” after it sent a warship into a disputed part of the South China Sea where Beijing has b(...)

A file photo of the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer. The US navy sailed the vessel within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea as part of a series of ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises. Photograph: John Hageman/US navy via The New York Times

The prospect of escalation in the stand-off between Beijing and Washington over the South China Sea was increased after Beijing said it was prepared t(...)

 The destroyer USS Lassen sailed within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago, one of the areas where Beijing has allegedly been building artificial islands, according to media reports. Photograph:Martin Wright/US Navy /EPA

The US has threatened further naval incursions into waters claimed by China after its naval manoeuvres near two artificial islands in the South China (...)

Hurricane Patricia as it appeared from the International Space Station. Photograph: Scott Kelly/Nasa/Twitter

Category five Hurricane Patricia, the strongest on record, has made landfall in Mexico, where a state of emergency has been declared in three state(...)

A Chinese woman shot and wounded China’s consul general to the Philippines city of Cebu at a restaurant. Photograph: Google Maps

A Chinese woman shot and wounded China’s consul general to the Philippines city of Cebu at a restaurant on Wednesday and killed two consulate staff, a(...)