Germany football coach Joachim Löw talks to German chancellor Angela Merkel and president Joachim Gauck after the World Cup final victory over Argentina in Rio. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Reuters/via Bundesregierung

If the World Cup was assessed by a grading system, the 2014 finals in Brazil would be assured of an A plus. Over the last month the sporting world and(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo: “We know it is mathematically doable, but the task is almost impossible.” Photograph: Andres Stapff/Reuters

The World Cup is getting ready to bid an early farewell to one of its biggest stars, if this morning’s headlines are to be believed.‘Cristiano Coming (...)

Carmine Boccuzzi (centre), a lawyer representing Argentina from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Argentina has threatened to default on its debt when the government called it “impossible” to pay bond service due on June 30th, citing a US court de(...)

Abbott Laboratories, the largest maker of heart stents and adult nutritional beverages, joined the dealmaking sweeping the health-care industry with a(...)

Pro-Russian activists storm the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Russia reacted in anger to fresh sanctions imposed by the EU and US yesterday, as violence flared in the eastern Ukrainian town of Luhansk. Pro-Rus(...)

Property: its gains must be seen in the context of its recent fails

Who has the fairest fund of them all? If you’re looking for an investment with an element of risk, a fund is always an option for diversifying (...)

The Suncor oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

At a time of Russian sabre-rattling and with the Middle East in turmoil, a welcome geopolitical treble win could be on the cards. The United St(...)

Seán FitzPatrick, after being  acquitted last week. Under intense pressure, jurors heard complex evidence from a number of witnesses and came up with verdicts that seem nuanced, sophisticated, coherent and fair. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In spite of appearances, people are smart. Give so-called ordinary people enough information, a calm context in which to interpret it and a sen(...)

Residents light candles as they pay homage in front of the house of Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Aracataca. Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. Photograph: John Vizcaino/Reuters

1927 - Garcia Marquez is born on March 6 in Aracataca, a backwater banana-growing town near Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The oldest ch(...)

Ukraine’s prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk attends a European leaders’ emergency summit on Ukraine, in Brussels last week. US president Barack Obama is today hosting Mr Yatsenyuk  at the White House. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

In a diplomatic dig at Russia, US president Barack Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at the White House, a high-profile gesture(...)