President Mohammadu Buhari  of Nigeria: said the murder of up to 150 Kukawa residents near Lake Chad on Wednesday by Boko Haram was a “heinous atrocity”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A suicide bomber killed six people at a church in northeast Nigeria on Sunday at the end of a week in which suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed mor(...)

 Monica Lewinsky: “It’s nice to see the 41-year-old move out of her self-imposed exile, looking lovely, acting graciously and speaking out for a good cause.”  Photograph: James Duncan Davidson/Reuters

The turquoise tranquillity of the Côte d’Azur was rocked a couple of times during the Cannes Lions Festival, the advertising world’s rosé-soaked answe(...)

Strong and persevering

The announcement that the United States and Cuba are to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals tops an auspicious two weeks for President Barack Ob(...)

Office of Personnel Management in Washington: data on millions of US government workers has been hacked. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Rarely has a computer hack of personal information, allegedly by agents of a foreign government, caused such a stir in Washington DC. A breach at the (...)

Richard Burke: The case taken by him over RTÉ’s Mission to Prey will go down as a minor postscript to what was, more generally, a major embarrassment of a programme. Photograph: Collins/Courts

A former archbishop has settled his action against RTÉ and, significantly, no damages have been paid by the broadcaster. The case taken by Richard Bur(...)

An Iranian security guard stands as US secretary of state John Kerry meets the Iranian delegation including foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a hotel in Vienna where the  nuclear talks meetings are being held. Photograph:  Carlos Barria/Reuters

Tehran and world powers were still shy of a breakthrough at nuclear talks yesterday as foreign ministers flew in to lend heft to negotiations that foc(...)

Toni Morrison: ‘I think my sexual scenes are the best. They’re fabulous because I assume that the reader’s sex is sexier than mine. I’m not going to get clinical about it.’ Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

‘No one asked Tolstoy, ‘Will you ever write about a 12-year-old girl in Lorain, Ohio?’ ” says Toni Morrison, laughing at the absurdity, as she recl(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry leans his crutches on a table before delivering his statement on Cuba outside the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Carlos Barria/AFP/Getty Images

The global nuclear watchdog has said its head would fly to Tehran to discuss some of the last big issues that need to be resolved so that Iran and wor(...)

US president Barack Obama: keeping in touch with European leaders as US continues to monitor the Greek debt crisis. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty images

The Obama administration has again warned of the potential damage to the European economy and the knock-on effect on the US economy if the Greek de(...)

A man watches a television broadcast of US president Barack Obama speaking, in Havana on Wednesday. Mr Obama said the US would increase contacts with the Cuban people and engage with the Havana government, civil society and ordinary Cubans. Photograph: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters

The United States and Cuba have agreed to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, officially restoring diplomatic relations more than a half centur(...)