The British are very good at pageants and ceremony, and over the five days of the visit of China’s President Xi Jingping they have been laying it on w(...)

Chinese and British flags fly in front of Buckingham Palace on the Mall in London, Britain October 19th, 2015. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan were due for a day of pageantry on their first full day in Britain, with a ceremonial welcome at(...)

“I’m never going to say I can’t again, I can” said Bangladeshi born Nadiya in tearful triumph

Her flavours were flawless, her banter was brilliant and her smile lit up the tent. Bookies’ favourite Nadiya Jamal Hussain carried off the Great B(...)

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: Like the four he chose to highlight, Francis defies easy categorisation.

There are clues to Pope Francis and what he values in the choices he made when he highlighted four Americans in his address to Congress: Abraham Linco(...)

The Dalai Lama has suggested that his successor could be female — but only if she is “very attractive”. Photograph: PA

The Dalai Lama has suggested that his successor could be female — but only if she is “very attractive”. The spiritual leader said there was no reason (...)

 Buddhist master Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When he was a young boy, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche was forced to flee Tibet along with his family. Tied to his horse so he wouldn’t fall off it when he sl(...)

Jon Bon Jovi performs. The singer’s banned has had to cancel upcoming concerts in Shanghai and Beijing. (Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters)

Bon Jovi has had to cancel its first concerts in China after officials learnt that a picture of the Dalai Lama had featured in a video backdrop in a (...)

Van Morrison performs live on Cyprus Avenue, Belfast, on his 70th birthday, August 31st, 2015. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

Moments before Van Morrison came on stage at Cyprus Avenue, East Belfast, for the first of his much-anticipated 70th birthday concerts, the rain began(...)

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter duration. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter durat(...)

The US has standing in the Fifa cases because allegedly corrupt transactions were made through banks based in America. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

It is half-time in the match between the US justice system and Fifa. In the first half, the Americans took a shock early lead, with the unexpected arr(...)