Exxon Mobil:  will reduce its share buyback programme in the first quarter by more than half to $1bn. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Exxon Mobil’s quarterly profit fell 21 per cent as weak oil prices took a toll, but results topped Wall Street expectations due to tax benefits and a (...)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who starred as finance minister in a boom-time Socialist government in the late 1990s, faces up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to €1.5 million if convicted in the French trial.   Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund tipped to become French president before a New York hotel maid accused him (...)

A demonstrator stands near fire in Toulouse during a protest against police brutality. Photograph: Getty Images

Protesters clashed with police in southern France on Saturday over the death of a young activist killed by a police grenade, in the latest of a series(...)

President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government expects growth of just 0.4 per cent this year

France’s economy is on course to grow 0.1 per cent in the final quarter of the year, led by modest gains in industrial and services activity, the cent(...)

For the second time in four months French President François Hollande has reshuffled his Socialist government, this time in response to a cabinet spli(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: former Luxembourg prime minister is favourite to be EPP candidate

European centre-right leaders will decide today in Dublin between Luxembourg’s former premier Jean-Claude Juncker and French EU commissioner Mi(...)

Venezuelan opposition representatives by Gran Polo Patriotico speak during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government to reject violence of recent days in the country and to ask the parliamentary immunity for opposition leader Maria Corina Machado. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrezz/EPA

Venezuela’s jailed protest leader urged supporters today to keep demonstrating peacefully against President Nicolas Maduro despite violence tha(...)

Supporters of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro shout during a rally in support of his government in Caracas today. Photograph: Marco Bello/Reuters
Venezuela opposition leader arrested
  • World
  • February 18, 2014, 21:03

Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Venezuela’s capital today after troops arrested opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on char(...)

Thousands of people march in protest at a government plan to limit abortions in Madrid today. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of people marched in Spain’s capital today to protest against a government plan to limit abortions that has caused unusually open divisions(...)

French President François Hollande and Pope Francis: what will the two men have to say to one another? Photographs: EPA

When Pope Francis receives French President Francois Hollande in a private Vatican audience on Friday, what will the two men have to say to one anothe(...)