The terror threat to the UK has been raised from substantial to severe, home secretary Theresa May has announced.  File Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Britain has raised its international terrorism threat level to the second highest level of “severe” today in response to possible attacks being plann(...)

British home secretary Theresa May said she was preparing new laws to tackle Islamist militants in the UK and to stop them going abroad to fight. Photograph: PA

Britain has said it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video(...)

British home secretary Theresa May has faced calls from politicians and lobbyists to include Kincora in the child abuse inquiry established following revelations about serial sex offenders such as Jimmy Savile. Photograph: PA

The Official Secrets Act should be suspended to allow former intelligence officers to give evidence about alleged cover-ups during the child abuse inq(...)

Berwick Rangers’ decision to play in Scottish leagues was made by necessity rather than choice a century ago, when clubs in northeast England refused to travel so far north on poor roads. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Berwick Rangers played their final pre-season friendly last Saturday week, a 2-1 defeat to Dunfermline Athletic, before a decent crowd.Last season, Be(...)

Marina Litvinenko, wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, at a press conference in London yesterday: “I am relieved and delighted with this decision. Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

The fatal poisoning in London of a former KGB agent who had become a public critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin is to be investigated by a publ(...)

The British government is expected to announce today that a public inquiry will be held into the death of poisoned ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.  Photograph: PA.

The British government has announce today that a public inquiry will be held into the death of poisoned ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Mystery h(...)

British home office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill leaves Westminster yesterday. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

One of Britain’s most senior civil servants said yesterday he did not know who, if anyone, had authorised the removal of more than 100 missing gove(...)

Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May: announced an  inquiry yesterday following allegations of an establishment cover-up of a child paedophile ring operating at Westminster. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

British Home Office secretary Theresa May has been urged to include the Belfast Kincora Boys’ Home scandal in the investigation of how the British gov(...)

British prime minister David Cameron is facing calls to start an inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s

British prime minister David Cameron is facing calls to start an inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s, af(...)

 Frances Fitzgerald: she  said the scheme would make it easier and more attractive for visitors to come to Ireland and the UK. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chinese and Indian visitors will be the first to benefit from a new scheme that will allow travel between Ireland and Britain on a single visa.Minist(...)