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 Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy: He rejected King Felipe’s invitation to try to form a government, on the grounds that he knew he would lose the congressional confidence vote. Photograph: Diego Crespo/Prime minister’s office/

Asunción Martín’s trinkets and ornaments shop is tucked away in one of the quieter streets in Madrid’s Salamanca district, far from the hustle and bus(...)

 Julian Assange speaking from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, England. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have submitted papers to a Swedish court, asking for his arrest warrant to be overturned. The move follo(...)

Zimbabwean children watch as their mother collects water from a communal tap in Harare. El Niño is hitting the production of staple foods in affected regions, including maize, rice and wheat. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Nearly one million children need treatment for severe malnutrition in eastern and southern Africa due to drought that is putting millions more at ris(...)

Leticia de Araujo holding her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the Sika virus during her mother’s pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph:  Antonio Lacerda/EPA

As the Zika virus spreads in Latin America, Catholic leaders are warning women against using contraceptives or having abortions, even as health offici(...)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange squints in the sunlight as he prepares to speak from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel rule(...)

A British government spokesman on Friday: ‘We completely reject any claim that Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention’. File photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The UK Foreign Office has said the UN working group’s decision on Julian Assange “changes nothing” and it “completely rejects” any claim he is a vi(...)

Fumigating to prevent dengue, chikunguya and Zika virus at El Angel cemetery, in Lima, Peru. Photograph: Martin Mejia/AP Photo

Pregnant women are being advised to consider postponing travel to areas affected by Zika amid global concern at the spread of the mosquito-borne virus(...)

A man fumigating a house in Mexico City, Mexico as part of the country’s campaign against the Zika virus. Photograph: Mexican Secretary Office of Health/EPA

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its travel warning to another eight countries or territories that pose a risk of infe(...)

Pope Francis greets an ambassador and his wife during an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican on Monday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis put the emphasis firmly on the plight of migrants in his annual address to diplomats at the Vatican, saying their cry is “the cry of thos(...)

Julian Assange has been living in Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than three years and has been granted political asylum by Quito. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

A possible breakthrough has emerged in the deadlocked case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange which is set to lead to him being questioned by Swedish(...)

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