Taoiseach Enda Kenny with (from left) Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Seán Sherlock Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs and Tánaiste Joan Burton  at Stormont House, Belfast, ahead of the talks. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The British and Irish governments have decided to allow another day of talking to determine if agreement can be reached that would safeguard the North(...)

Comic Russell Brand in a still image from his latest YouTube video. Brand, who’s well known for his Newsnight appearances, has claimed in his regular ‘The Trews’ YouTube series that Irish people were being taxed twice for water - a necessity which he calls “a most basic right”.

Comedian, actor, author and now anti-water charges campaigner Russell Brand has today spoken out against the introduction of water charges in Ireland.(...)

Yellow peril?: Boris Karloff in The Mask of Fu Manchu, from 1932

Christopher Frayling’s book on Chinaphobia is a welcome extension of the work that the Palestinian writer Edward Said initiated with his seminal Orien(...)

  Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both  drive for the  same team  and the same car, Mercedes. Hamilton  appears quicker but more impulsive, Rosberg more calculating but lacking flamboyance.   Photograph:  Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Where better than Texas to have a shootout, and where better than the Lone Star state for a Formula One shootout. After all, everything’s bigger in Te(...)

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson: caught speeding  by a fixed camera while travelling between Whitby and London. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is to receive points on his driving licence after being caught speeding, he has admitted.The outspoken car enth(...)

Top Gear presenters James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond. The cast and crew of the show have flown out of Argentina after facing protests from politicians and army veterans for using a car whose number plate apparently referred to the Falklands/Malvinas War. File photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The cast and crew of BBC’s Top Gear had to abandon their cars at the roadside and flee Argentina after reportedly being pelted with stones by an angr(...)

Murdoch and the politicians
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Stories in this book make the reader take a sharp intake of breath. Stories of tabloid excess, of bribery and hacking, of bullying and illegality. One(...)

Born trippy: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde

One song has got to work pretty hard to link Jeremy Clarkson, Nick Clegg, the Apollo moon walk, an Olympic opening ceremony, any number of videogam(...)

David Lowe says his 32-year radio career is over after bosses “forced” him to quit because he accidentally played a song with the ‘N’ word in it. Photograph: BBC

A veteran radio DJ says his 32-year radio career is over after bosses “forced” him to quit because he accidentally played a song with the ‘N’ word in (...)

Responding to claims that he used the n-word while reciting a nursery rhyme, Jeremy Clarkson told his Twitter followers he had made every effort to make sure he did not use the slur, but realised it might have sounded as though he had. Photograph: Ben Stansall/PA Wire 1:46

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has said he is “horrified” that it sounded as though he used racist language while filming an episode and was “begging y(...)