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The striking Roque de Agando at sunrise. Photograph: Getty Images

With the heavy iron key that looked like a prop from a Harry Potter film, Pedro opened the old wooden door and I peered down into the well. As my eyes(...)

MujeresRtve: one of La 1’s newscasters in black on Friday

Throughout the news bulletin on TVE La 1, the Spanish public-service television channel, last Friday almost all the journalists who appeared on screen(...)

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan: quoted as saying Apple’s “decision to cancel” construction of a data centre in Athenry was “understandable”.

The Sunday Independent writes that Apple’s “decision to cancel” the construction of a data centre costing €850 million in Athenry, Co Galway, has been(...)

Water test used at part of witchcraft trials in the 17th century. Illustration from Ludicium aquae (trial by water), 1613 edition

Society has always feared powerful women. Witches have been a feature of folklore right across the globe, from the troll-whisperers of Scandinavia, to(...)

Wood-burning oven at Hartwood, Tulum. From ‘Hartwood’ by Eric Werner and Mya Henry (Artisan Books). Photograph: by Gentl & Hyers

Salt is the only thing I can taste at first in Noma Mexico. Over-seasoning. I lick my chops. A salty amuse bouche. Although it’s not over-seasoned by (...)

Indian Nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity watch the live telecast of the canonisation of Mother Teresa from Rome, at the Mother House in Kolkata. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

On a hot morning in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonised one of the most iconic figures in recent Catholic Church history, Mother Teresa of Calcu(...)

Criminals with offshore links: Peruvian drug trafficker Ment Floor Dijkhuizen Cáceres, known as El Holandés;  “Queen of the South” Marllory Dadiana Chacón Rossell; Boss of Bosses Semion Mogilevich – the Ukranian was dubbed “the most dangerous mobster in the world” and Fernando del Valle, Chilean money launderer

In November 2005, customs officials at the Dutch port of Rotterdam got a tip: a shipment of asparagus from Peru might contain something besides veget(...)

Destruction from a powerful 7.8-magnitude quake in Manta, Ecuador. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from Ecuador’s biggest earthquake in decades rose to 350 on Monday as traumatised survivors rested amid the rubble of their homes and r(...)

Tee-up in Taormina, Sicily
  • Travel
  • January 26, 2015, 07:00

The Dom spread his hands and gave me the most Sicilian of shrugs. He then proceeded to make me several offers I found hard to refuse. First, he(...)

Havana living: a  man smoking a cigar
Going local in Cuba
  • Travel
  • January 10, 2015, 12:00

As our taxi worked its way into Havana from the airport I was immediately struck by the crumbling streets and faded but stunningly elegant pastel- hue(...)

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