A woman walks past a poster for the film ‘The Interview’  in New York. China has told the US that it is against cyber attacks but did not directly condemn the Sony hackings, linked to the film,  that Washington has blamed on North Korea. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA.

China has told the US that it is against cyber attacks and opposes any nation or individual launching such attacks from a third country, but did not d(...)

Pope Francis has not yet visited Cuba but both of his two immediate predecessor made trips to the island. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Vatican leveraged its good relations with Cuba and the United States to help broker their historic resumption of ties and the deal was spurred by (...)

Pedestrians pass a neon sign displaying the latest Russian ruble euro dollar exchange rate outside a currency exchange bureau in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday. The rouble sank to a record, deepening Russia’s currency crisis, as people scrambled to convert their money into dollars after a surprise interest-rate increase failed to shore up investor confidence. (Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Russia has failed to halt the collapse of the rouble, leaving president Vladimir Putin facing a full-blown currency crisis that could weaken his iron (...)

Lima was never going to save the world. What the UN’s 20th climate change conference (Cop20) was meant to do, however, was to lay firm foundations for(...)

Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan (15), a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and open(...)

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (right) chairs a meeting with top central bank and government officials   outside Moscow. Photograph:  Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Russia is braced for more financial turmoil after a major interest rate hike failed to stop a sharp slide in the value of the rouble, and plunging oi(...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday, where the Israeli president is due to meet with US secretary of state John Kerry. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before talks on Monday with US secretary of state John Kerry he would defy any UN move to “dictate” (...)

 The EU commissioner for climate action and energy Miguel Arias Canete holds a press statement on  the Lima climate conference in Brussels.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/PA

As thousands of people took part in a colourful march through the centre of Lima demanding action to “save Mother Earth”, ministers and delegates fro(...)

President Barack Obama. “We tortured some folks,” he said at a White House news conference in August in his most explicit comments about the practices of his predecessor’s administration

The US government and embassies are bracing for a backlash as some of the darker practices in the so-called “war on terror” look set to be cast into a(...)

 Luke Somers photographed in  Sana’a, Yemen, in 2013. Photograp: EPA

A woman, a 10-year-old boy and a local al Qaeda leader were among at least 11 people killed alongside two Western hostages when US-led forces fought (...)