Pope Francis gestures while speaking to journalists aboard the flight from South Korea to Italy on Monday. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Three relatives of Pope Francis, two great nephews and their mother, have been killed in a traffic collision in Argentina. The dead include a baby of (...)

A poster in Buenos Aires  this week depicts  New York judge Thomas Griesa as a vulture. Judge Griesa is overseeing Argentina’s long-running battle with hedge funds over defaulted debt. The poster, run by  political organisation Transversal Front, reads, “Griesa wants your house, your job and your food”. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Argentina branded the hedge funds suing the country over their debt holdings an “international mafia” yesterday after talks to bring a swift end to it(...)

Ciarán Kilkenny with some of the pupils from the Changa Changa primary school in Mazabuka

The Dubs are flying high again in this year’s GAA football championship but one man missing out on what could well be another path of glory is Ciarán (...)

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(...)