Venezuela’s socialist government has ordered public workers to work a two-day week as an energy-saving measure in the crisis-hit country. President Nicolas Maduro (centre) had already given most of Venezuela’s 2.8 million state employees Fridays off during April and May to cut down on electricity consumption. Photograph: Miraflores Palace/Handout via Reuters.

Venezuela’s socialist government has ordered public workers to work a two-day week as an energy-saving measure in the crisis-hit country. President (...)

Destruction from a powerful 7.8-magnitude quake in Manta, Ecuador. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from Ecuador’s biggest earthquake in decades rose to 350 on Monday as traumatised survivors rested amid the rubble of their homes and r(...)

Red Cross members, military and police officers: a major search for survivors begins as aid is expected from neighbouring countries after the earthquake struck off Ecuador’s Pacific coast. Photograph: Guillermo Granja/ Reuters

Some 10,000 troops and 4,600 police have been deployed to search for survivors following a powerful earthquake in Ecuador, with the official death tol(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: wrote to EU’s trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström last week expressing his concerns about the potential impact of the deal on Ireland’s beef sector. Photograph: Eric Luke

Up to 13 EU states, including Ireland, are said to be opposed to the proposed trade deal with Mercosur, the regional bloc that includes beef-exporti(...)

Pope Francis: Will reflect on much of what his bishops’ have had to say. Photograph: Getty Images

Friday is the day which many feel will define the papacy of Pope Francis. What he announces in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of(...)

Pablo Iglesias, leader of the left-wing party Podemos, during a debate at the Spanish parliament in Madrid. Photograph: AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou

On Monday night, as one of the most important encounters of his political career loomed, Pablo Iglesias was pounding a pair of kettle drums live on te(...)

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the Vatican. Photograph: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

At the end of a week marked by terrorist attacks, Pope Francis urged people not to lose “all hope and joy in life”. Making his traditional Urbi et O(...)

US president Barack Obama with his Argentinian counterpart Mauricio Macri at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. Photograph:  Natacha Pisarenko/AFP/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama met Argentina’s new centre-right leader Mauricio Macri on Wednesday on a visit to reset diplomatic relations and strengthen (...)

Union members and members of Workers’ Party demonstrate in support of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Sao Paulo on Friday. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

The focus of Brazil’s deepening political crisis shifts to the streets on Sunday with protests for and against the ruling Workers’ Party to be held ju(...)

A ‘rearmed’ contra rebel fighter who calls himself Tyson, in the mountains of northern Nicaragua.Violent opposition from small groups of rebels reflects broader anger brewing against President Daniel Ortega. Photograph: Meridith Kohut/New York Times

He calls himself “Tyson”, wears tattered US army fatigues and carries a beat-up AK-47. He is a rebel fighter in the mountains of Nicaragua, setting am(...)