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

Left to right: Mohamed Ahmed, Sheikh Zane Abdo and Khalid Rahman. Photograph: Alex Schlacher

Numerous questions remain about the British government’s extrajudicial killing of Reyaad Khan, the boy from Cardiff who went to fi(...)

Tourists gather at check-in counters at Sharm el-Sheikh airport yesterday. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Sharm el-Sheikh evacuation in chaos as Russia halts all flights to Egyptian resort

Digging deep into Frinton-on-Sea: behind the general air of wellbeing, the English coastal town is gripped by unfounded fear of the foreigner.

Genteel English idyll is stalked by fear of migrants who are in fact not present

Demonstrators protest against Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi near Downing Street whilst he met with Britain’s prime minister David Cameron in London, Britain. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

UK officials await security assessment of Sharm el-Sheikh airport after plane crash

British home secretary Theresa May speaking in the Commons on Wednesday after a new law  requiring communication firms to help spies hack into suspects’ smartphones and computers was unveiled. Photograph: PA Wire

Internet firms must keep record of all websites visited by everyone for one year

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: he defends his crackdown as necessary for the protection of Egyptians. Photograph: Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty

Hardline Egyptian leader is popular with UK and US despite his harsh policies

Extending British air strikes into Syria is off the political agenda after an influential Commons  cross-party committee warned against  such a move. Photograph: PA

No extension of military action without coherent international strategy, says committee

The home office has already said that it has watered down the Bill, dropping contentious plans to allow the police and security services access to the internet browsing history of everyone in the UK. Photograph: Getty Images

Despite cross-party resistance British prime minister urges support for controversial law

The decriminalisation of drug use could become an all-party position, similar to the recognition of Travellers’ ethnicity and changes to prostitution laws, if the Oireachtas Justice Committee backs the proposal this week, according to Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Minister awaiting justice committee decision on policy similar to that used in Portugal

The Gundestrup cauldron displayed in the “Celts: art and identity” exhibition at the British Museum in London. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Celtic refers to a distinctive history that sets certain modern nations apart, according to a British Museum exhibition

Icelandic’s Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson listens to Britain’s David Cameron during a meeting of the Nordic Council yesterday. Photograph: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister promises to quicken pace of discussions at Reykjavik meeting

The Irish Ambassador to Britain Dan Mulhall: told the House of Lords EU committee that both the British and Irish benefited from the movement back and forth between the two countries.   Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Dan Mulhall tells Lords common travel area should remain even if Britain leaves EU

The results of the vote to an amendment to delay cuts to tax credits is read out in the House of Lords. Photograph: PA Wire.

Government warned against blocking cuts that would see average household lose £1,300

Europe minister David Lidington. “He [David Cameron] wants a deal that has substance, which he can honestly and confidently defend, campaign for.” Photograph: Clemens Bilan/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s debate on Europe heats up but referendum could be many months away

 Nigel Dodds of the DUP: “We should stop twisting the United Kingdom parliament into what it is not: a subordinate, occasional, intermittent, part-time, part-staffed, devolved assembly”. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

In heated debate, SNP warns that measure could hasten the end of the union

China’s president Xi Jinping and Britain’s prime minister David Cameron during a joint press conference in  Downing  Street. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Xi Jinping feted by Britain with pomp, circumstance and flattery

Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers has told the House of Commons the  Provisional IRA’s army council still exists but has ‘a wholly political focus’ and is not involved in directing terrorist activity.

Theresa Villiers tells MPs the Provisional IRA of the Troubles ‘is well beyond recall’

Negotiations on a reformed relationship with the European Union could give Britain “the best of both worlds”, David Cameron has told the House of Commons. Photograph: PA

Negotiations could give Britain ‘best of both worlds’, prime minister claims

First minister  Nicola Sturgeon. Her party’s  114,000 members constitute about 2 per cent of Scotland’s population. Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Rules out a referendum until it is clear a majority favour Scottish independence

Scotland’s first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, addresses delegates on the final day of the party’s  conference in Aberdeen. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland’s first minister tells SNP conference she will campaign against Brexit

First minister Nicola Sturgeon: She told delegates at th Scottish National Party’s conference in Aberdeen that there would be no second independence referendum until she was confident a majority would vote Yes. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Diminutive SNP leader is the commanding presence in Scottish politics

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon listens as deputy  leader Stewart Hosie speaks during the party’s national conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre,  October 15th, 2015. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

SNP leader opens party’s annual conference with warning about Brexit

 Aftermath of the IRA bicycle bomb in Coventry, England,  in 1939. Photograph: National Media Museum/SSPL/Getty Images

City dedicates memorial to victims of attack that killed five and injured 70 in 1939

‘During the 2008 campaign, when Clinton was being urged to show a more human side, Democratic pollster Mark Penn famously remarked that “being human is overrated”. So too is “authenticity”.’ Above, Clinton with host Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show in New York  on September 16th. Photograph:  REUTERS/Douglas Gorenstein/NBC

It is character, rather than ‘authenticity’, that matters in US presidential elections and Clinton’s toughness and her willingness(...)

“No” supporters shout slogans during celebrations following Sunday’s referendum   in Athens. Photograph:  Reuters/Dimitris Michalakis

Vote dashes hopes of many that Syriza would make way for more emollient coalition

Supporters of the ruling AK Party hold aloft a placard with a picture of Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan as they attend an election rally. The slogan on the placard reads: “National willpower. National power. Goal: 2023, 2053, 2071.” Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Parliamentary election pivotal for planned changes by increasingly autocratic president

Marriage-equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin: marriage equality, which was a marginal, almost eccentric demand only two decades ago, is now a reality in 20 countries and in many sub-national regions, including 37 of the 50 states of the United States. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Comment: Homosexual activity is still illegal in almost 80 countries

‘British Prime Minister David Cameron struck a conciliatory note on Scotland, where his Conservatives won just one seat on Thursday, promising to create “the strongest devolved government anywhere in the world with important powers over taxation”. Photograph: . EPA/ANDY RAIN

Denis Staunton: Difficulties of a disorderly federalisation of the UK may demand innovative thinking in Dublin

Hillary Clinton and her team will likely try to fight as if she is the underdog, as they did in the New York senate race in 2000. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

The US presidential hopeful will try to satisfy both her friends on Wall Street and the core values of the Democratic Party base (...)

‘Most of the money raised is spent within the US and the most important advantage Friends of Sinn Féin offers the party is in building a network of support that could influence US policy towards Ireland in the future.’  Above, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty Images

The scale of party’s US fundraising came as a surprise to most people in Ireland

‘This week’s encounter between the German and Greek finance ministers has been reported with a pleasing simplicity, as Europe’s leading deficit hawk Wolfgang Schäuble and the libertarian Marxist Yanis Varoufakis could not even agree to disagree after their meeting. The tone of their joint press conference was, however, strikingly polite and even warm, despite sharp differences of view on how to deal with the Greek crisis.’ Photograph:   Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

‘The Taoiseach’s hardline rhetoric on Greece is short-sighted, because the consequences of failing to strike a deal with the new (...)

‘A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of Syriza’. Above, Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Syriza party, speaking to his supporters at a pre-election party congress in Athens, last week.  Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

European Debt Conference based on the 1953 London Conference that aided Germany

‘The Senate report has lifted the lid on just one element of the disastrous “global war on terror” unleashed by the Bush administration after 9/11. In doing so, US lawmakers have gone further than their counterparts in Europe’s national parliaments – indeed, Poland only finally admitted this week that it had hosted one of the CIA’s secret prisons.’ Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Conclusions of Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s torture programme are devastating

An armoured water truck cleans the street of debris after the East German government ordered construction work to strengthen the border crossing at Heinrich-Heine- Strasse (aka Checkpoint Delta) on the Berlin Wall, December 4th, 1961 A car drives between US tanks, in October 1961, across the famous borderof the US sector in Berlin, at Checkpoint Charlie crossing point which was used by diplomats and foreigners
How the Wall was built

'Berlin was an anomaly and the Soviets were eager to incorporate the city into their German satellite state'

Thousands of young East Berliners on the Berlin Wall, near the Brandenburg Gate on November 11th, 1989.

Berlin 25: Fall of the Wall 25th anniversary

A gay couple strolling past the graffiti on a remaining section of the Berlin Wall in  August 1993. Photo: Steve Eason/Getty Images)

Lack of economic pressure and a sense of being cut off from the surrounding world encouraged creative experimentation in 1980s Wes(...)

US president Barack Obama meets his national security and public health teams in the Roosevelt Room at the White House yesterday. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The voters are mad as hell, writes Denis Staunton

A view of the northern Gaza Strip as seen from the Israeli farming community of Netiv Haasara last month. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

The latest violence in Gaza seemed to suggest that criticism be damned: Israel would do whatever it felt necessary to defend itsel(...)

A resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves an Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. Islamic State militants stormed the air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a witness and a monitoring group said. Fighting raged inside the walls of the Tabqa air base, the Syrian army's last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by IS, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Stringer   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Review: Patrick Cockburn’s book about Isis and the new Sunni uprising examines how the West got it wrong

‘The most thoughtful comment from any leading politician came from Kentucky senator Rand Paul, a libertarian Tea Party favourite who currently leads the field of potential Republican presidential hopefuls.’  Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

World View: Barack Obama cannot say anything about race relations for fear of making things worse, but Hillary Clinton has no s(...)

A US flag flies in front of the Brandenburg Gate, near the US embassy in Berlin. Germany’s expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin is close to a diplomatic nuclear option and is unprecedented in the postwar history of German-US relations. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Whether they trust one another or not, Germany and the US will continue to share intelligence

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi (l) shakes hands with European Council president Herman Van Rompuy as they arrive to commemorate the centenary of the start of the first World War, in Ypres. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Opinion: As Italy takes on the EU presidency, its prime minister has rallied support for budgetary flexibility

Badge of honour: supporters of Hillary Clinton are preparing for a presidential run. Photograph: Astrid Riecken/MCT via Getty

With her bid for the US presidency in 2016 almost certain, it’s not surpising that Hillary Clinton isn’t dishing the dirt in her l(...)

Thomas Piketty: said it was unjust that homeowners with large mortgage debt should pay the same level of property tax as those who owned their homes outright. Photograph: Ed Alcock/the New York Times

Levy should take account of assets and mortgage debt, claims French economist

French connection: Thomas Piketty. Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times

Thomas Piketty’s theory of rising inequality has made him one of 2014’s best-selling authors. As the French economist prepares fo(...)

Jackie Kennedy

Few of Jacqueline Kennedy's letters have been published or sold at auction and fewer still have revealed much about her

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses a news conference  in Brussels on Wednesday.

World View: Putin’s aggression has strengthened transatlantic alliance

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with US president Barack Obama on St Patrick’s Day 2012.  The annual chorus of outrage about the St Patrick’s Day ministerial exodus has been more muted than usual this year but that hasn’t stopped the Government adopting its traditional, defensive posture. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

St Patrick’s Day could offer a chance to listen to Irish communities abroad and learn from them

Members of the Knesset guard stand around the flag-draped coffin of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon as he lies in state at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Despite a chequered career, by the time he slipped into a coma in 2006, Israel’s former prime minister was widely viewed as a bol(...)

Angela Merkel: approved a coalition pact this week that strengthens workers’ rights, introduces a minimum wage, augments pension rights, and further bolsters regulation in the housing market. Photograph:  Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Opinion: Pact could have profound implications for Germany’s neighbours and partners, including Ireland

President Kennedy signs a proclamation for the interdiction of the delivery of offensive weapons to Cuba at the White House on October 23rd, 1962.

Kennedy’s patience, caution and willingness to compromise helped to avert disaster and stands as an example of imaginative diplo(...)

Shanghai skyline: diplomats who have had intensive language training might expect to spend a significant part of their careers in a region where that language is important. Photograph: Bloomberg

Opinion: Government should revisit decision to close mission to the Holy See

Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz  leaves after speaking following a meeting  of his party caucus on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Opinion: Tightening of money supply could threaten fragile economic recovery

The main focus of the SPD’s concern appears to be Angela Merkel’s support for the use of the European Stability Mechanism to directly recapitalise ailing banks across the euro zone

German demand about tax is opposition to taxpayer bailouts of banks and disquiet over tiny sums in tax paid by digital giants

Lawmakers in Washington after voting to guarantee that federal workers will receive back pay once the government reopens after its shutdown. Public opinion is likely to turn further against Republicans as the full impact of the interruption to many federal services is felt. Photograph: Drew Angerer/The New York Times

Many in Washington cannot believe Congress will be crazy enough to drive theeconomy over a cliff

Veteran US political activist and intellectual Noam Chomsky has warned that the European Union’s response to the economic crisis has left European democracy in a worse condition than that of the United States. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

US linguist and political activist to give Frontline Defenders lecture in RDS, Dublin

Noam Chomsky. “The oil dictatorships, the countries that the West really cares about for obvious reasons, their uprisings have been suppressed very harshly and very successfully, with western support.” Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty

In advance of his RDS lecture, the veteran US political activist and intellectual shares his insight on key issues

The strategy: Early yesterday morning, minutes before he took the stage in Chicago for his victory speech, Barack Obama sent…

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