Screengrab taken from YouTube of a video showing Islamic State  fighters, who claimed  to be British, appearing in a recruitment video for  IS. Photograph:   YouTube/PA

A group of Muslim parents is to take legal action against the Dutch state for failing to prevent their teenage children from travelling to fight with (...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang: several parts of the country were practically on lockdown while he was ferried about Galway and Mayo

Irish officialdom went into overdrive last weekend for the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Several parts of the country were practically on lockd(...)

A woman wearing a burqa walks past the Palace of Justice in The Hague. The Dutch cabinet on Friday approved a partial ban on wearing face-covering. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images

The Dutch government on Friday agreed to introduce a partial ban on the wearing of the full-face veil in public places, the home affairs ministry said(...)

In Ireland, a traditionally Roman Catholic country that has long been known for a seeming conservative streak, the lack of a strong backlash during the referendum campaign has been notable, even as opponents of the measure have mobilised.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Here’s a take from the New York Times on the significance of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum being decided on Friday in Ireland. In 1993, Ireland was(...)

Vodafone has bought individual cable operators in certain European markets but a purchase of Liberty would broaden its fixed-line business in one go

Vodafone’s shares jumped 4 per cent after the chairman of Liberty Global, John Malone, said the two companies would make a “great fit”, reigniting lon(...)

Polina Gagarina of Russia received a warm reception from the 10,500-strong audience to qualify for the  final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on on Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images 2:08

Hotly-tipped Russia qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final last Tuesday night and received a strong response from the 10,500 audience members(...)

According to data released to mark the International Day of Families, 52.7 per cent of first time Irish mums were aged 30-39 in 2013, making Irish women some of the oldest mothers in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish first-time mothers are among the oldest mums in Europe according to figures released on Friday by Eurostat. The average age for an Irish woman t(...)

Bono said: “It’s just some smart people we have working for us trying to be sensible about the way we’re taxed.” File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It is nearly four years since U2’s headline gig at Glastonbury, where activists clashed with security after unfurling a banner asking “U pay tax 2?”Ho(...)

Members of the Pakistani armed forces carry the coffins of the victims of a helicopter crash, during a funeral attended by army officials and diplomats in Gilgit, Pakistan. Photograph: EPA/Zafar Barcha

Pakistan’s military have brought the bodies of two ambassadors and two ambassadors’ wives to Islamabad, a day after they were killed in a helicopter c(...)

London bobbies struggle to hold back surging crowd of Londoners massed in Parliament Square on VE Day, signalling end to WWII in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images/Bob Landry

“…above the battle’s fury -Clouds and trees and grass.”From: To Mark Anthony in Heaven, by William Carlos Williams. Beyond joy, beyond relief, it was (...)