A street vendor holds a stack of bolivar notes  in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has ordered a re-denomination of the ailing bolivar on Thursday, by knocking three zeroes off the currency amid h(...)

Front National leader Marine Le Pen won a small but useful victory at the weekend when members endorsed her plan to change the party’s name. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

In securing members’ approval for her proposal to change the party’s name, Front National leader Marine Le Pen won a small but useful victory. After h(...)

Benjamin Grieveaux served as spokesman for Macron’s presidential campaign, then gave up a seat in the National Assembly to hold a portfolio in the finance ministry before becoming government spokesman last November. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Benjamin Griveaux is French government spokesman, with the rank of cabinet member. He is one of a handful of young men who rallied around Emmanuel Mac(...)

President Jacob Zuma leaves Tuynhuys, the office of the presidency in Cape Town, SA, February 7, 2018. Photograph: Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

A meeting of African National Congress leaders on Monday will finalise the ruling party’s exit talks with South African president Jacob Zuma, who stan(...)

The president of the French parliament,  François de Rugy,  with the president of the  German parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, before a meeting to mark the 55th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron and acting German chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint declaration on Monday to mark the 55th anniversary of the T(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting the newly-renovated Pyongyang Teachers’ University in Pyongyang. Photograph: AFP/Korean Central News Agency via KNS

North and South Korea will march under a unified flag in the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month and field a joint women’s (...)

A demonstrator holds a cloth hanger and a sign reading “Strong, proud, feminist and angry” during a protest for abortion rights in Paris. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

There are two types of abortion in France. Voluntary abortion is legal without restrictions until the 12th week of pregnancy, while the medical inter(...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe addresses a session of questions to the government, at the National Assembly in Paris, on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

French prime minister Edouard Philippe has taken sides in the linguistic battle over “inclusive writing” that has raged for two months, since the acad(...)

University of Zimbabwe demonstration against Mugabe and his wife. Photograph: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s embattled president, Robert Mugabe, could be voted out of power within two days after the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party prepares to bring (...)

US president Donald Trump boards Air Force One to return home from the  Philippines: takes a transactional, deal-making approach to policy, whatever the moral or ethical costs.  Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

US president Donald Trump returns to the United States on Tuesday at the end of the second major foreign trip of his presidency. In many ways, the 1(...)

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