Houses in Pola de Allande

M y son Patrick and I are walking the Camino Primitivo – it’s the Camino, but not as you know it. It is early morning in May and we are in northern S(...)

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(...)

7-Eleven store clerk M Faroqui celebrates after learning the store sold the only winning Powerball ticket on Wednesday,  in Chino Hills, California. Photograph: Will Lester/The Sun via AP

At least three winning tickets were sold in Wednesday night’s record $1.568 billion (€1.46 billion) Powerball jackpot. California Lottery officials (...)

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 (...)

Tropical Storm Erika  in the Caribbean. Photograph: NOAA handout/Reuters

A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as tropical storm Erika nears the US state. The storm could hit the peninsula on Monday. Governor R(...)

Cork disability activist Joanne O’Riordan  is among the nominees for the Junior Chamber International Ten Outstanding Young People. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Cork disability activist Joanne O’Riordan has been nominated for an international award previously bestowed upon both John F Kennedy and Henry Kissing(...)

US president Barack Obama: why have the human consequences of economic troubles been muted? The main answer is that Puerto Rico is part of the US fiscal union. Photograph: Uri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images

On Friday the government of Puerto Rico announced it was about to miss a bond payment. It claimed that, for technical legal reasons, this wouldn’t be (...)

Angela Merkel: her Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, said the proposals contained little different previous proposals. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

The German government has adopted a characteristically cautious response to new Greek reform proposals, warning that it won’t ask for a Bundestag man(...)

San Juan, Puerto Rico -    Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla addresses the island’s residents last week    about the       $73 billion debt crisis. He insisted that  the people on the island will have to sacrifice and share in the responsibilities for pulling the island out of debt. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Nobel economics laureate Paul Krugman, in the New York Times, urges the Greeks to vote “No” in the referendum tomorrow. So does fellow laureate Joseph(...)