Pope Francis arriving at the St Maria Maggiore cathedral upon his return to Rome on Monday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte

Asked about the ongoing “Vatileaks 2” trial in the Vatican, Pope Francis on Monday joked that he was glad that 15th century femme fatale Lucrezia Borg(...)

 Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) and Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg  leave a press briefing after their meeting at the organisation’s  headquarters in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

Russia has been accused of trying to “cover up” its infringement of Turkish airspace with “unfounded” claims that Turkey is illegally importi(...)

A google maps image showing (marked in red) the city of  Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky where a Russian army  deserter who hid in a forest in the country’s east for more than a decade was captured.

Russian police have apprehended an army deserter who hid in a forest in the country’s east for more than a decade. The solider kept his wher(...)

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu thanks lawmakers after his government received a vote of confidence at the parliament in Ankara on Monday. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s prime minister has dismissed any suggestion Ankara should apologise for downing a Russian warplane in its airspace last week, after (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: ‘The EU should be ashamed’. Photograph: Dan Balilty/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has insisted it will continue to participate in the Middle East peace process, despite Israel’s announcement on Sunday that it woul(...)

 A Turkish Air Force plane used to transport the remains of late Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov  at Hatay airport,  Hatay, Turkey, November 29th, 2015. Photograph: EPA

Turkey recovered the body of a Russian pilot from northern Syria and presented it to Russian diplomats on Sunday, five days after shooting down(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday, four days after Turkey shot down a Rus(...)

Falling to earth: the Russian jet crashes after Turkey shot it down. Photographs: Reuters

Why did Turkey shoot down a Russian aircraft on Tuesday? Ankara shares a 900km border with Syria, some of which is controlled by so-called Is(...)

Iran has said it will announce plans to expand output by 500,000 barrels a day

Oil pared its first weekly gain in a month as Libya sought to increase output and Russia ruled out military retaliation against Turkey for down(...)

Irish players warm up in the Keep Rugby Clean IRB Anti-doping tee shirts before the 2014 Junior World Championship match between Fiji and Ireland. Photo: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

In 1997 a man was jailed for six months for peddling steroids in south Wales. Hardly a headline grabber, you might think, but this was no ba(...)