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The new five and ten Bolivar Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar) bills. As it tries to curb hyperinflation - which, by some measurements, is the worst in Latin American history - the government is also slashing fuel subsidies and raising the minimum wage by 3,000 per cent.

Venezuela resorted to desperate measures to arrest an economic collapse on Monday, lopping five zeros off the bolívar, devaluing it by 95 per cent and(...)

Pope Francis  in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”.  File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

Pope Francis’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure” and “he needs to come [to Ireland] with a mindset that it’s not good enough to s(...)

Ian Elliott, safeguarding consultant and first chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

The man who created child protection structures for the Catholic Church in Ireland would not do so again because of the resistance he encountered from(...)

Colombia’s new president Iván Duque during the inauguration ceremony at Bolivar Square in Bogota, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Colombia’s youngest elected president has been sworn in to office, promising to “make corrections” to a peace deal with leftist rebels that has divide(...)

It was with a mixture of trepidation and excitement that I made my return journey to Venezuela, my fourth time in six years to visit this country unde(...)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro reacts after explosives detonated in drones above  an event in Caracas on Saturday. Venezuelan government TV/via Reuters

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has escaped a reported assassination attempt involving drones carrying explosives while he was giving a speech on (...)

Jamie Monahan at the shore in Brooklyn, New York. Monahan will attempt to become the fastest person to complete six marathon swims on six continents within 16 days. Photograph: Marian Carrasquero/The New York Times

The weather wasn’t cooperating with Jaimie Monahan on a recent weekend morning. It had rained heavily the night before, making the wind and waves too (...)

The Game – The Story of Hurling tracks the history of hurling. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Lorry Ladies Monday, BBC One, 7.30pm Angela Rippon is a trailblazer. Back in the 1970s, she became the first woman to regularly present the news for(...)

Drug dog Sombra has helped detect more than 2,000 kilos of cocaine hidden in suitcases, boats and large shipments of fruit. Photograph: Fernando Vergara/AP

Colombian cartels have reportedly put a bounty on the head of a police dog that has made a series of drug busts. Sombra, a six-year-old German shephe(...)

Members of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (Farc) political party (from left)  Victoria Sandino, Pablo Catatumbo, Marco Calarca and Olmedo Ruiz, at the Capitol in Bogotá for the new Congress on Friday. Photograph:  Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Half a century after their Marxist comrades took up arms in the Colombian mountains and vowed to overthrow the state, members of the country’s once-fe(...)

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