An aerial view of a forest  area devastated by clandestine gold mining in the Jamanxim National Forest, state of Para, northern Brazil. Brazil’s president Michel Temer’s has offered a recent decree to boost the mining industry. Photograph: Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images.

Brazil’s decision to allow mining in the Amazon is sparking a war of words as the government calls opponents alarmists and a politician threatens to s(...)

Firechat has proved particularly useful during natural disasters when normal communications have been disrupted.

Don’t worry about going incommunicado at next week’s Electric Picnic music festival if the signal drops on your phone or you’ve run out of data. The F(...)

The two-night ‘Ashford Castle Fairytale experience’ includes private chauffeur, afternoon tea, falconry and lots, lots more - if your pockets are deep enough to afford the €4,350 to €6,350 price tag

A “fairytale” experience at Ashford Castle has been listed as one of the 25 best travel experiences in the world. The listing was compiled by US trav(...)

An anti-government activist protests against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. Photograph: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images

The constitutional stand-off in Venezuela has intensified. The country is now home to two rival legislatures vying with each other for power from the (...)

Oil producers prepare for St Petersburg meeting as cuts to production appear not to be having desired effect on prices. Photograph: iStock

Opec and Russia’s plan to clear the global oil glut has not worked as they hoped, but there is little expectation the world’s largest producers will a(...)

A security officer of the supreme court shows an image of a type of grenade that President Nicolas Maduro’s government say rogue policemen used to attack the court and interior ministry. Photograph: Marco Bello/Reuters

Venezuela is reversing the usual order. History there is playing out first as farce, then as tragedy.  The barely credible latest from the crisi(...)

Julian Assange speaking from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London in February 2016. Photograph:   Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

What has happened to Julian Assange? Swedish prosecutors have dropped their rape investigation into the WikiLeaks founder. Marianne Ny, Sweden’s dire(...)

The St Patrick’s Day Parade winds its way through Dublin city centre. File photograph: Eric Luke

While Ireland may be known for its “céad míle fáilte” it comes just 23rd in terms of friendliness according to a survey of expats. Ireland ranks 56t(...)

The Galápagos Islands is one of the most renowned wildlife-watching destinations in the world. Photograph: Getty

Playing an underwater game of Simon Says with a sea lion is one of those improbable encounters you come to expect when you visit the Galápagos. She ap(...)

Venezuelan national guard personnel in riot gear and opposition activists clash in Caracas on April 13th, 2017. Photograph: Juan  Barreto/AFP/Getty Images

Two Venezuelan students died on Wednesday after being shot during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro, increasing turmoil in t(...)