Robert Hannigan: appointed head of GCHQ. Photograph: PA

A key adviser to British prime ministers and Northern secretaries has been appointed head of the UK intelligence and surveillance agency, GCHQ.(...)

Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gadafy.  Photograph: Reuters/Paul Hackett

The war crimes trial of two sons of Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gadafy begins amid tight security in Tripoli today, in a case causing sensa(...)

 Queen Elizabeth walks with  President Michael D Higgins, followed by his wife Sabina  and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle yesterday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/Reuters

Queen Elizabeth has said the “regrettable pain” felt by many in Ireland and the United Kingdom at our chequered history could be overcome for t(...)

Ushers carry a distraught woman out of Amahoro Stadium during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Kigali. Photograph: Getty Images

Twenty years ago an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in just 100 days. The killings were planned and methodical, carried out by neighbours, b(...)

Manuel Valls (51) has been compared with “New Labour” former British premier Tony Blair both for his pro-business ideas and his dashing style.  Photograph: Reuters

French president François Hollande chose centrist interior minister Manuel Valls as his new prime minister yesterday, a coalition source said, (...)

Ed Vulliamy, who who has won awards for his reporting from Bosnia, the 9/11 attacks, Iraq and Mexico. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

Journalism has been “infected” by “corporate public relations” and the media is part of a “seamless troika” involving governments and corporations,(...)

Photograph of Tony Benn taken in 2003. The veteran politician died at home on Friday March 14th, 2014, at the age of 88. Photograph: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire

Tony Benn, who has died aged 88, was a pivotal figure in British left-wing politics in the second half of the 20th century. A national institut(...)

Tony Blair: could be called to give evidence. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair may be called before a House of Commons inquiry (...)

British ministers may have misled their parliament over a scheme in which secret letters were sent to IRA fugitives telling them they were not wanted for Troubles crimes, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

British ministers may have misled their parliament over a scheme in which secret letters were sent to IRA fugitives telling them they were not (...)

Alastair Campbell: ‘I don’t buy the idea that sport can’t survive financially without sponsorship [from the alcohol industry].’ Photograph: David Sleator

“If alcohol didn’t exist and it was discovered, I don’t think there’s a government in the world that would allow it,” said Alastair Campbell, t(...)

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