Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of state, Peter Hain has declared. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Northern Ireland’s politicians have not displayed the will to deal with the legacy left by the Troubles, former Labour Northern Ireland secretary of s(...)

The bomb destroyed number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square in central London. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters 1:20

Britain will fall silent on Tuesday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of attacks targeting London public transport which killed 56 people, the first(...)

Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech during a State Banquet at the Schloss Bellevue Palace on the second day of a four day State Visit in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Guido Bergmann/Getty Images. 1:54

Queen Elizabeth II has warned of the dangers of a divided Europe hours before her prime minister, David Cameron, presents his reform proposals for the(...)

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pass the Brandenburg Gate during the British monarch’s visit to Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA 1:25

For decades, British visitors to Germany followed Basil Fawlty’s example and used every opportunity to not mention the war – by mentioning the war. Wh(...)

Nicola Russell who passed away at the Marie Curie hospice in Belfast on Monday after living with cancer since 2007. Photograph: William Cherry/Pacemaker

The Belfast-based artist Nicola Russell has died aged 51. The painter passed away peacefully at the Marie Curie hospice in Belfast on Monday after li(...)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, talk as they attend a service to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at Runnymede near Windsor, west of London. Photograph: Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

The Magna Carta’s symbolic role as the touchstone for human rights and modern democracy was celebrated by one of Britain’s leading judges as the count(...)

A Royal Mail commemorative stamp from a set marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Photograph: PRESS ASSOCIATION

‘I’m the commander, see,” George Bush insisted in 2003.”I don’t need to explain – I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting th(...)

Van Morrison: one of the 85 recipients from  Northern Ireland  who will be honoured by Queen Elizabeth. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

East Belfast-born Van Morrison is to be knighted for services to the music industry. The singer-songwriter was named in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday hon(...)

According to reports, BBC protocols for what will happen in the aftermath of the Queen’s death include a suspension of all comedy programmes across all BBC channels until after the funeral, apparently pencilled in for 12 days after her passing. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

In times of national mourning, you’ve got to laugh, unless you’re watching the BBC and Queen Elizabeth has just died, which she hasn’t. But when she d(...)

He is 94 years old on June 10th. He is married to one of the most famous women on the planet (no, not Kim Kardashian) and he costs the British taxp(...)