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The Arctic is heating up faster than anywhere else and the results are plain to see: the ice is melting. Photograph: Cory Glencross/iStock/Getty

It was the target that should not have been reached, the target that must not be reached, yet it has been reached. The relentless advance of climate(...)

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva makes a statement about the accussations of corruption against him during a meeting in Sao Paulo last week.  Photograph: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

The stage has been set for the most politically charged court case in Brazil’s modern history after a judge ruled that former president Luiz Inácio Lu(...)

The ministry for foreign affairs confirmed that over the past five years it has received 26 complaints of exploitation of domestic staff. Photograph: Getty Images

There’s nothing like the power of advertising. Think diplomats, for instance, and into our minds pops the old Ferrero Rocher advertisement with that p(...)

Caroline Dwyer outside Bolivia’s foreign ministry in La Paz.

Irish authorities have expressed “serious concerns” about the Bolivian government’s treatment of Michael Dwyer’s mother during a trip to the country t(...)

Dutch UN ambassador Karel van Oosterom with his Italian counterpart Sebastiano Cardi  at  UN  General Assembly  in New York last week. The states  agreed to share  seat on  UN Security Council. Photograh:  Jason Szenes/EPA

In a rare display of political co-operation largely lost in the post-Brexit melee across Europe, Italy and the Netherlands have agreed to share a cov(...)

A shopper passes an empty fridge in a supermarket in Cumana, Venezuela. A recent survey  showed 87 per cent of Venezuelans said they did not have enough money to buy food. Photograph: Meridith Kohut/New York Times

The Organisation of American States (OAS) was locked in an emergency meeting on Thursday on how to respond to the deepening crisis in Venezuela which(...)

Argentina’s former president and army chief Reynaldo Bignone sits in an Argentine courthouse during his trial in Buenos Aires. File photograph: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

Argentina’s last dictator and 14 other former military officials were sentenced to prison for human rights crimes committed during the Operation Condo(...)

Victor Flores: “The city’s libraries are always filled with people and I love that. Sometimes there’s no space for me to sit down.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Victor Flores always imagined Ireland to be a big country. “I thought of it as a huge place because so much has come from this country: Halloween, Dr(...)

 Bernie Sanders arriving at the Vatican for a conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of ‘Centesimus Annus’, a high-level teaching document by Pope John Paul II on the economy and social justice at the end of the Cold War. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

On Friday afternoon when the time came for US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to address the Holy See’s Pontifical Academy of Social (...)

 US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders: He  is expected to attend a small, invitation-only conference at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

If US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thought that a trip to the Vatican tomorrow would result in a campaign boosting photo opportuni(...)

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