Ireland head coach Billy Walsh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

His future remains uncertain, but Billy Walsh maintains that the focus should be on his seven-strong squad at the World Championships in Doha. (...)

Paper tiger money: there is a plausible, if not universally accepted, understanding that China’s growth is overstated by official statistics and may be as low as 4 per cent.  Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Is a global economic recession likely? If so, what might trigger it? Willem Buiter, Citi’s chief economist and the Financial Times’ erstwhile Mavereco(...)

A file image of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez who was jailed on Thursday for nearly 14 years on charges of inciting 2014 anti-government protests that spiraled into violence killing more than 40 people.Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files/Reuters.

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was jailed on Thursday for nearly 14 years on charges of inciting 2014 anti-government protests that spira(...)

A group of people crosses the border from Venezuela to Colombia on a boat navigating the Sardinata River in Puerto Santander, Colombia. Photograph: Manuel Hernandez/EPA

Brazil and Argentina’s foreign ministers visited Bogotá on Friday in an effort to kick-start dialogue between Colombia and Venezuela over a border (...)

Flor Sylvester with her husband, the Irish musician Colm Quearney, and daughter, Kaifina, at the Lysaght Gallery in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Sara Freund 2:52

Flor Sylvester: arrived from Spain, 2008 Flor Sylvester only met her grandfather briefly as a young girl before he was shot dead near his home (...)

Venezuelan soldiers try to control the crowd queueing outside a supermarket while trying to buy staple items. An 80-year-old woman reportedly died in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidised goods. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and med(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)

 Former  Spanish prime minister Felipe Gonzalez speaks to journalists after a meeting  Lilian Tintori (right)  and other  wives of Venezuelan imprisoned opposition leaders, and  members of the opposition alliance  in Caracas, on Monday. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Former Spanish prime minister Felipe González has made a short visit to Venezuela to offer support to two jailed politicians in a move which has he(...)

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin called the result of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage a “disaster for humanity”. Photograph: Getty

On the morning after Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, called the result of last weekend’s referendum a “disaster for humanity”, th(...)

Podemos retreats in Spain

A new kind of politics for Spain was heralded four years ago today by the 15th of May movement, when masses of citizens initiated a summer of disconte(...)