Barry Moody

Pope: Church must defend poor and disadvantaged

Pope Francis has inaugurated his papacy with an address calling for the defence of the weakest in society and of the environment.

Argentina’s Bergoglio elected as new pope

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected to be the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, and would take the name Francis I.

Italy braces for new govt, IMF warns Asia on euro fallout

Italy's readiness to approve austerity measures has spurred the formation of an emergency government to take Silvio Berlusconi's position.

Italy at breaking point, Merkel calls for ‘new Europe’

Italian borrowing costs reached breaking point after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's insistence on elections instead of an interim government.

Berlusconi loses majority, markets squeeze Italy

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lost his parliamentary majority on Tuesday and his opposition are calling for his resignation.

Berlusconi plays last cards but still won’t resign

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi defied huge pressure to resign on Monday, desperately playing his last cards to save his crumbling government.

South Africa confounds Afro-pessimists

Rarely can a global event have generated so much advance pessimism as the World Cup, and the sceptics are now finally having to eat their words.

Spain win World Cup after Iniesta strikes

Spain won the World Cup for the first time when they beat Netherlands 1-0 thanks to a super strike by tireless midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Mandela drops in on World Cup final

Nelson Mandela briefly visited the stadium just before the World Cup final between Spain and The Netherlands on Sunday.

Germany and Spain in fight for final

Germany and Spain do battle on Wednesday for the right to meet The Netherlands in the World Cup final.

Germany oust Argentina, Spain reach semis

Germany demolished Argentina and Spain beat Paraguay by one goal in a quarterfinal of extraordinary drama on Saturday.

Germans show power, Ghana pride of Africa

Germany gave a devastating display of their nation's traditional power on Sunday to overrun Australia and Ghana were the toast of Africa.

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