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A Russian Orthodox Christian takes a dip in an icy pond during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in the village of Strelna outside St Petersburg. Photograph: Reuters

The Kremlin clock had already struck midnight and the mood in the waiting crowd in Moscow’s Revolution Square was getting boisterous.A middle-aged wom(...)

Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who has died aged 85, was a remarkable blend of maverick and mainstay.He fought in all of Israel’s mai(...)

Rolf Schumacher, father of former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, arrives at the CHU hospital emergency unit in Grenoble, French Alps, where his son is being treated. Photograph: Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters

Michael Schumacher’s condition remained stable but critical yesterday, according to his manager.The Formula One legend is under constant monitoring a(...)

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic palace in Saint Peter’s Square today. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis this morning confirmed he will visit the Holy Land in May.Speaking at his Sunday Angelus in a rain-soaked St. Peter’s Square, the Pope sa(...)

Fans project a message this evening reading ‘45 - Schumi Stay strong! Keep fighting!’ on a wall of the Grenoble University Hospital Centre where former German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher is being treated for a severe head injury following a skiing accident on Sunday in Meribel, France.  Photograph: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Michael Schumacher’s family today said they were “overwhelmed” after fans of the Formula One champion gathered at the hospital where he is being treat(...)

Michael Schumacher skis during a stay in the northern Italian resort of Madonna Di Campiglio in   2004. File photograph: Reuters

Doctors treating Michael Schumacher have said they were fighting “hour by hour” to save the former Formula One driver’s life after he cracked his head(...)

Syrian children  in a refugee camp in  the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.  Photograph: EPA/STR

Amnesty International castigated Europe yesterday for failing to play its part in providing a safe haven for Syrian refugees as three infants died fro(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters play in the snow in Khan Tuman, Aleppo today. Photograph: Reuters

The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria after Islamist fighters seized Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, high(...)

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “I don’t think anyone can overstate the Iranian danger”

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that a nuclear Iran will prevent peace between Israel and the Palestinians.Addressing the annual(...)

Former Dunnes Stores chief executive Ben Dunne has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela but defended his position in relation to the bitter strike almost 30 years ago. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Former Dunnes Stores chief executive Ben Dunne has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela but defended his position in relation to the bitter strike almost 30(...)

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