Beijing severed ties with the Vatican in 1951 after the Communist Party took power, with the totalitarian regime setting up its own church beyond the Pontiff’s authority
Unusually for an official visit by another head of state, Mr Rouhani – the first Iranian leader to visit Paris since 1999 – was not invited to lunch or dinner at the Elysée Palace
Iranian officials asked that a lunch between the two countries' presidents be Halal and alcohol-free
Plain white boards spotted obscuring sculptures in Capitoline Museum
Chancellor George Osborne has been urged to rethink the 25-40% of FCO cuts he has proposed
As China’s communist leader enjoyed his regal hospitality, the UK Government was also getting cosy with the Ethiopian regime
Indian police registered an allegation of rape, sodomy and illegal confinement against the unnamed official
The EU divides opinion but whatever your views it is important to have your say — through voting in the May election and joining in the Citizens’ Dialogue events around Europe
PM is 'optimistic and takes a very positive approach to the changes that he wants to see'
In a YouTube video with nearly five million views, Scarlett Johansson leans seductively into the camera and purrs: "My real job is saving the world."
London Underground bosses announce contingency plans ahead of walk out over ticket office closures
The move follows on from the 2010 agreement to enhance defence co-operation including sharing aircraft carriers, joint expeditionary forces and training
Sir Nicholas Browne was targeted by an angry mob in Tehran in 1989 after the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the killing of the author Salman Rushdie over his book The Satanic Verses. Browne, then the British chargé d'affaires, had to retreat with his staff to the inner rooms of the British embassy as the crowd, variously estimated at between two and ten thousand, hurled debris that smashed the building's windows, only a few yards away from the imposing black-painted outer gates adorned with the Royal Crest. He was forced to call for police protection, though no one was hurt.
Radical anti-government protesters were forced to give up their brief occupation of Ukraine’s Justice Ministry on Monday after fellow opposition groups accused them of jeopardising peace negotiations.
Chairman previously claimed use of 'comfort women' was 'common'
There was more than one reason why David Moyes was all smiles as he sat alongside Mata at his first press conference since joining the club