Danish prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, right, and British prime minister David Cameron   in Copenhagen, Denmark, on February 5th. Photograph: Niels Hougaard/AP Photo via Polfoto

Denmark welcomes proposal for high immigration countries to limit welfare pay

Terry Wogan’s funeral will take place next week in a private ceremony for his family, the BBC has confirmed. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

‘Wembley wouldn’t be big enough ... there will probably be just family and friends,’ Fr D’Arcy says

 Lord Lucan has been missing since November 7th, 1974. Photograph:  PA Wire

London Letter: Debt-ridden ‘Lucky’ Lucan vanished in 1974 after killing the family nanny

British prime minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel at a donor conference in London on Thursday. For European governments, the priority at the conference was to help countries close to Syria to take care of refugees. Photograph: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Money to provide food, shelter and medicine to millions of Syrians, says David Cameron

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron defends Taoiseach’s right to comment about the potential impact a British exit could have on the peace process. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

David Cameron points to talks with Kenny over arrangements for common travel area

David Cameron: the prime minister claimed  he had confounded sceptics by achieving agreement on all his demands. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Reuters

British prime minister expected to hold referendum in June if deal agreed at this month’s summit

A letter sent by European Council president Donald Tusk to European Union (EU) leaders after it was released to the media, is seen in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir /Reuters

British PM aligned with Tusk and Commission making successful summit more likely

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron (R) welcomes the President of the European Council president Donald Tusk (L), on the steps of No. 10 Downing Street on Sunday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

EU’s Donal Tusk says there is ‘no deal’ after the meeting with the British prime minister

Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan, 67 and his wife Helen, now Lady Wogan, after the radio and television presenter collected his knighthood.

Cameron leads tributes saying millions felt that broadcaster was their own special friend

British prime minister David Cameron meets with European Council president Donald Tusk at 10 Downing Street in London on Sunday. Photograph: Toby Melville/PA Wire

European Council president due to publish detailed proposals on the UK’s role in EU

The statue of Cecil Rhodes on the front of Oriel College in Oxford, as furious campaigners have vowed to fight the “outrageous” decision to keep the statue of the British colonialist on the front of the Oxford University college.  Photoagraph: Steve Parsons/PA

Oriel decision on statue of white supremacist made before expected consultation

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron poses with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: after the pair had lunch, Cameron said that the EU proposal did not go far enough. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

British PM needs a plausible deal to present to voters, particularly on migration

Henry Worsley:  died in  hospital after suffering from exhaustion and dehydration, just 30 miles short of his goal. Photograph: PA Wire

Death of an explorer: ‘No one conquers the Antarctic – it’s always in charge’

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: Those people in France should be claiming asylum in France. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Government agrees to accept orphaned refugee children in ‘exceptional’ cases

Google has said it is complying with British law. Photograph: PA Wire

Margrethe Vestager to look at settlement after receiving complaint from SNP

The Google tax deal has provoked outrage in Britain but  the UK revenue commissioners have declined to give details of it. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Downing Street backs chancellor over tax settlement after initial hesitation

 British prime minister David Cameron  is hoping to get a deal on EU reform by February to enable a UK  vote on whether to stay in the EU later in 2016. Photograph: Andy Rain /EPA

Pat McFadden: Vote to leave EU likely to spur second vote on Scottish independence

Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Taoiseach Enda Kenny ahead of a meeting at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA

Leaders give mutual support in advance of Irish election and EU vote in UK

British Prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny shake hands at the end of their press conference following a meeting at No 10 Downing Street on Monday: Cameron said he would not offer the Taoiseach advice on how to win the election. Photograph:  Matt Dunham/PA Wire

UK leader says he looks forward to working with Taoiseach ‘in months and years ahead’

British PM David Cameron agreed that a deal was possible next month, although he insisted that there was plenty of time, given that the referendum can be held at any time before the end of 2017. Photograph: PA

European Council chief Donald Tusk likely to present proposal to address British concerns

British home secretary Theresa May: she  announced a freeze on the UK assets of Andrei Kovtun and Dmitry Lugovoy, who is now a Russian member of parliament, after a judge said there was “no doubt” they poisoned Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. Photograph: PA Wire

Inquiry finds that former Russian spy Litvinenko murdered by agents in London

 Alexander Litvinenko in  2006: Forensic tests  uncovered a trail of  polonium-210 –  which is used in Russia’s nuclear industry –  following the movements of Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, allowing Robert Owen  to declare in his report that he was “sure” the two men administered the poison that killed Litvinenko. Photograph: PA

Exiled in London as a consultant, Putin’s foe died after drinking a cup of spiked tea

A migrant, wrapped with her child in a thermal blanket, waits for a train to Croatia, at a train station in Presevo, Serbia. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Abolition of the Dublin ‘initial country’ rule is good news for anti-EU campaigners in UK

British prime minister David Cameron’s demands fall into four “baskets”. Photograph: Reuters

European Council president to provide solid proposals to address British PM’s demands

UK legislation was amended last year following a “Save our Sources” campaign by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Press Gazette. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Interception of communications data constantly reviewed by independent statutory body

Labour Party report  highlights perception that Ed Miliband was not as strong a leader as David Cameron and that he might need to be propped up by the Scottish National Party in government. Photograph: PA

Internal postmortem says loss due to lack of credibility on the economy, welfare benefits and migration and because Ed Miliband su(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron with women attending an English language class during a visit to the Shantona Women’s Centre in Leeds. Photograph: Reuters/Oli Scarff/pool

Cameron accused of stereotyping Muslim women by linking fluency and extremism

The St George’s Cross, European Union and Union flags outside a hotel in London. British MPs have launched an inquiry into the potential impact on Northern Ireland of a decision to leave the EU. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Inquiry will investigate implications of exit on peace process and other concerns

Sackville Street. The ruined building in the background, the DBC Cafe, was used by the rebels to return fire to snipers on the roof of Trinity College. Photograph:  Sean Sexton Collection

Exhibition explores role of photography in the decades leading up to independence

File photo  of forensic officers examining the wreckage of a helicopter which crashed in thick fog, near Beccles, Norfolk, killed  leading  Lord Ballyedmond and three other men. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Family of Northern Ireland’s richest man say question remain over incident in 2014

 Rob Webber, Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw of England’s rugby team singing the national anthem, as parliament is to hear calls for England to drop ‘God Save The Queen’ at sporting events in favour of its own national anthem. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

North’s soccer team will be only side in UK to sing ‘God Save the Queen‘ if Bill passes

When he died, on March 13th, 2014, Lord Ballyedmond (above) was Northern Ireland’s richest man, and chairman of the pharmaceuticals company Norbrook Laboratories. File photograph: John Harrison/Harrison Photography/PA Wire

Inquest into businessman’s death hears of dense fog in helicopter cockpit recording

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: considering rule changes. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

British Labour leader told he has ‘another shock coming’ if nuclear policy is changed

Floodwaters in York. The scheme could help an estimated 300,000 householders to insure their homes. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/EPA

Flood Re plan, seen as possible model for Ireland, will not come into force until April

Former US president Bill Clinton: his intimacy with the Sinn Féin leader was such that Adams was almost always referred to by his first name, whereas David Trimble and Ian Paisley were called by their surnames. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

‘We’ve all taken our licks for Gerry’, Blair told by president regarding Disappeared

Executive director of Britain Stronger in Europe Will Straw’s  arguments focused mainly on the risks to Britain’s economy and national security of leaving the EU, and on the failure of the Leave campaign to paint a plausible picture of life outside the EU. Photograph: Toby Melville/PA Wire

Britain Stronger in Europe and Leave.EU debate as poll shows slight edge towards exit

Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaving his home in north London on Tuesday. Photograph:  Reuters/Hannah McKay

Despite internal strife, Labour’s leader is putting his stamp on the party

The threat of multiple resignations from the David Cameron’s cabinet obliged the prime minister to cede ground on key campaign issue. Photograph: Reuters

Analysis – Opposition leader’s dithering distracts from Cameron concession on EU vote

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: “Never been my intention to strong-arm people into voting for a position they don’t agree with.” Photograph: Reuters

Eurosceptics welcome decision as PM says Ireland will influence his own view on Brexit

Screen grab  from YouTube footage issued by Islamic State militants showing a masked jihadi with a British accent mocking David Cameron. Photograph: YouTube/PA Wire

Video appears to show the killing of five men who Isis claims were spying for Britain

Jeremy Corbyn: The Labour leader has committed to a “new politics” which critics say would be inconsistent with a so-called “revenge reshuffle”. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

MP facing potential axe from shadow front bench says internal debate is important

Jeremy Corbyn: one of the shocks of 2015 in the UK political system was the election of left-wing backbencher  Corbyn as Labour leader. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

World review of the year: Corbyn’s authenticity, Cameron’s ruthlessness shocked pundits

British PM David Cameron: At least six cabinet ministers do not believe he could secure sufficient reforms from other EU leaders, Tory MP John Redwood has said. Photograph: Reuters

British PM David Cameron under pressure to let senior colleagues campaign for either side

Enda Kenny said the British PM would not be seeking anything more than Ireland and Denmark had secured in the past. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

British prime minister explicitly cites Irish and Danish precedents previously – Taoisach

European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker(left), EU council president Donald Tusk and Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel on their way to a press conference at the end of the second day of EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: EPA

European Council commit to addressing deficiencies in Europe’s asylum policy

British prime minister David Cameron  with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras on the sidelines of the summit in Brussels. Photograph: AP

British PM urges EU leaders to agree significant reforms to keep country in the union

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy said the issue of migrants’ benefits had been identified as a “red line” in the negotiations by a number of member-states.

EU leaders reject British proposal to defer payments to non-UK EU citizens

Enda Kenny: Details remained to be worked out on all of the British prime minister’s reform demands. Photograph: Bloomberg

Cameron signals no deal likely until February, making June earliest date for referendum

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (left) is greeted by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker next to European Council president Donald Tusk  ahead of a meeting at the EU Council in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Tough battle ahead for isolated British prime minister on payments to migrants from EU

 British foreign secretary of state Philip Hammond: “At the moment the only proposition on the table is our four-year proposal.” Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Philip Hammond says he is yet to hear alternative to UK’s welfare waiting time proposal

Britain’s work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith:   “When I talk to ministers in Europe, I have yet to come across one person who does not agree there is something fundamentally wrong with this system that people can arrive in a different country and be eligible for benefits they have never contributed towards.”  Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Lords amendment to allow teens aged 16 and 17 to vote overturned in Commons

A police officer outside Leytonstone Underground station in east London. Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

Man appears in court over knife attack

“In our view it is not clear that segregation of young people into faith schools has promoted greater cohesion”

Call for school prayer assemblies to be replaced by non-religious periods of reflection

European Council President Donald Tusk, and  British prime minister David Cameron. Going through the motions to look like excellent negotiators, say Leave.EU.  Photograph: Eric Vidal/AP

Negotiations over EU migrant benefits in the UK are seen as a ‘choreographed fudge’

Josephine Herivel  and Chandra Balakrishnan, the wife of Aravindan Balakrishnan, leave Southwark crown court after the verdict. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Irish woman helped Aravindan Balakrishnan’s daughter escape his Brixton commune

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla with their daughter Max: the couple plan to give away 99 per cent of their fortune in company stock to a new charity they have created. Photograph: Facebook/Reuters

The Facebook founder is among those trying to create the future, but is that what we need?

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron  and his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov (left) visit Bulgaria’s border with Turkey near the Lesovo crossing point, where they saw the enhanced efforts to secure the European Union’s external frontiers, on Friday.  Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Military officials fear ‘70,000 rebels ready to fight Isis’ claim could be seen as misleading

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn embraces newly elected member of parliament for Oldham West and Royton, Jim McMahon. The byelection was triggered by the death of Labour Party MP Michael Meacher. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Local candidate consolidates support to score timely victory and confound Corbyn rivals

British prime minister David Cameron: European Council president Donald Tusk said this week Cameron was pressing other EU leaders to agree a pre-referendum deal before Christmas.  Photograph: Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images

David Cameron keen to wrap pre-referendum agreement with Europe before Christmas

A  Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter jets returning to RAF Akrotiri base in Cyprus after their first mission since the parliamentary vote to undertake air strikes in Syria. Photograph:  Emily Burns/EPA/Royal Air Force

David Cameron warns ‘this necessary action’ in region will take patience and persistence

A video grab shows British prime minister David Cameron listening as British opposition Labour Party foreign affairs spokesman Hilary Benn addresses the House of Commons ahead of the vote on Syria in London. Photograph: AFP/PRU

David Cameron faced numerous calls to retract ‘terrorist sympathisers’ line

British aircraft could start bombing Islamic State (Isis) targets in Syria as early as Thursday after the House of Commons backed prime minister David Cameron’s call to authorise air strikes. Image: AFP/Getty Images.

Motion in favour of divisive air attacks passes by 397 to 223 after 10-hour debate

David Cameron: He described Islamic State, also known as Isis, as “woman-raping, Muslim-murdering, medieval monsters” who were determined to kill more British civilians. Photograph:   AFP/Getty Images

Prime minister cites moral and military duty during debate lasting more than 10 hours

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaving home in north London on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Neil Hall

British prime minister’s 11-point motion set to pass after Labour MPs allowed a free vote

Jeremy Corbyn:   Has been slow to react, thus placing himn outside the mainstream of public opinion. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Corbyn move to allow free vote on air strikes exposes divisions, writes Denis Staunton

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: Has allowed Labour MPs a free vote. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn allows Labour MPs to hold a free vote on issue

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on military intervention in Syria: “It’s me who decides. I will make up my mind in due course.” Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Corbyn at odds with shadow cabinet ahead of likely vote on military intervention in Syria

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD photographed during the Global Irish Economic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach pledges constitutional review of Eighth Amendment if he is re-elected

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn:  he is under fire after he unexpectedly released a letter to MPs saying he could not support the bombing campaign. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Party leader’s behaviour towards shadow ministers ‘unacceptable’, says John Spellar

aoiseach,  Enda Kenny speaks at a press conference during the British Irish Council meeting in central London. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Taoiseach says measure would allow ‘broad, respectful’ debate on Eighth Amendment

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responds after  David Cameron set out his case     for the extension of RAF airstrikes from Iraq into Syria. Some Labour MPs don’t like Corbyn’s stance on military conflict. Photograph: PA Wire

Labour MPs huddle on leadership issue as confidence in Jeremy Corbyn ebbs away

 UK chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: he claimed Western nations are seeing ‘the price of not getting involved’ in Syria

British prime minister has support from majority of Conservatives but needs more

 British prime minister David Cameron  in the House of Commons as he argued the case for Britain to join air strikes in Syria. Photograph: AFP Photo/ Getty Images

Prime minister tells parliament that Britain can not outsource its security to others

British chancellor George Osborne’s fancy fiscal footwork in the Autumn Statement restored as the clear favourite to succeed David Cameron as prime minister. Photograph:  Andy Rain/EPA

Detractors utterly wrong-footed as chancellor scraps spending cuts

Bitish chancellor will press ahead with deep cuts to many government departments

The 16,000-ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard, as Labour’s divisions over Britain’s nuclear deterrent grows. Photograph: PA Wire

SNP is determined to highlight and exploit cracks in the Labour party

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said: “The foreign secretary knows where we stand in terms of our wish for the UK to remain in the EU.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister discusses EU referendum during meeting with British foreign secretary

British prime minister David Cameron, who is expected to outline his plan for airstrikes on Isis in Syria. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The British prime minister hopes to win parliamentary approval in early December

Former first minister and leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party Alex Salmond: “I think it would be very difficult for any Irish government, of any political persuasion, to run counter to Scottish nationalism.” Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland’s former first minister will push for Britain to stick with the EU

Daniel Craig  as James Bond in the film Spectre.

London Letter: New films seem to lament times past, which Corbyn also exemplifies

British prime minister David Cameron: said the government would seek to overturn this latest amendment. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

Conservatives pledge to overturn the Bill allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote

Financial regualtor will investigate actions of up to 10 senior managers after scathing report on failure of ‘simple bank’

 David Cameron: The prime minister’s hopes of winning a Commons majority for his new war were enhanced yesterday by Labour’s growing disarray over defence. Photograph: PA Wire

Infighting in Labour as Jeremy Corbyn appoints Ken Livingstone to review policy

Prof Honahan suggested that regrets over blocking Irish demands to impose a haircut on holders of senior debt in Anglo-Irish Bank may have persuaded European policymakers to approve 2013 deal on promissory note. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Central Bank governor says we now have tools available to prevent repeat episode

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: Border policing ‘corridor’ raises issues around jurisdiction and accountability. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garda Commissioner and PSNI chief express doubts about creation of Border ‘corridor’

Police guard the Houses of Parliament in London in a show of heightened security following the attacks on Paris. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Prepare, protect, pursue, prevent - the four Ps of the UK’s ‘Contest’ strategy

At an Anglo-Irish Agreement 25th anniversary reception at the Irish embassy London were Michael Lillis, Sean Donlon, Noel Dorr, Tony Brennan(seated), Lord Robert Armstrong, Robert Andrews and David Goodall

Former British diplomat David Goodall recalls the initiation of the dialogue that led to the Anglo-Irish Agreement

Mohammed Emwazi, or ‘Jihadi John’: according to a school yearbook, he was a fan of Manchester United and the band S Club 7, and his ambition was to become a football player. Photograph: Site Intel Group/Reuters

Killing of the British citizen called a ‘barbaric murderer’ has been broadly welcomed

 Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall: Along with  businessman John Mills and economist Vicky Pryce, he will lead a panel discussion on Brexit  at a conference London. Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Networking organisation believes trade between the UK and Ireland would be damaged

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi: Instead of seeking to quell  riots in 2002 that followed killings on Hindus,  he cited  Newton’s Third Law: “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. Photograph:   Rob Stothard/AFP/Getty

Condoning of violence against Muslims in 2002 obscured by culture and commerce

Ukip preparing  for the Oldham byelection (from left):  deputy leader Paul Nuttall, candidate John Bickley and party leader Nigel Farage.   Photograph:   Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Ukip’s deputy leader says EU ‘had nothing to do with the current relative peace in Northern Ireland’

The four key areas identified by British prime minister David Cameron as requiring EU reform were protection of the single market, boosting competitiveness, exempting Britain from even closer union, and restricting the rights of EU migrants to work-related benefits such as tax credits. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Seeking to restrict EU migrants’ rights to work-linked benefits seen as problematic

Cameron is likely to be an effective leader of the campaign to keep Britain in the EU but much will depend on the quality of the competing campaigns

British PM’s demands did not need to be detailed or explicit, but it was crucial that they should be exhaustive

David Cameron delivers defining  speech on EU renegotiation at Chatham House in London. Photograph: PA

Prime minister’s demands outlined in dispatch to European Council chief Donald Tusk

Speaking outside No 10 Downing Street, Enda Kenny said Brexit would not be in Ireland’s interest. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images.

Taoiseach stresses Ireland’s commitment to EU after meeting with Cameron in London

The Commission of Inquiry into IBRC is investigating disposals by the bank - which was the former Anglo Irish Bank - involving write-downs of €10 million or more - including the sale of Siteserv.

Attorney General Máire Whelan expected to brief Cabinet on legal options

Beyond the bonhomie, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron hope to leverage their close relationship to their mutual advantage as Britain seeks to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Taoiseach offers to support Cameron but also stresses Ireland’s commitment to EU

Enda Kenny speaking at the conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in London. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Enda Kenny speaks at CBI conference in London, says State’s commitment to EU clear

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