Australia said it will get tough on terrorism with changes to laws to prevent citizens’ involvement in militant groups and to curb so-called hate preachers. Prime Minister Tony Abbott (above) announced the measures after a government review of terrorism threats. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has announced a national security crackdown that could deny welfare payments to people seen as potential threats(...)

Cllr Chris O’Leary, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork City Council, and Cllr Donnchadh O Laoghaire, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork County Council, had both sought the nomination to run in Cork South Central. Photograph: Provision

Sinn Féin is to hold a rescheduled selection convention to choose a candidate to run for the party in Cork South Central in the next general election (...)

The latest Red C poll shows Labour has dropped two points to 7 per cent since January 2015, with Fine Gael remaining at 24 per cent.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The latest Red C opinion poll shows that both Labour and Fianna Fáil have lost public support, while backing for Fine Gael remains unchanged.The opini(...)

French president Francois Hollande: he took drastic action by overriding parliament to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms, overriding parliam(...)

Free Liberals (FDP) chairman Christian Lindner gives flowers to Katja Suding, the party’s top candidate in the Hamburg state election, at a meeting in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Tim Brakemeier

After 18 months in the political wilderness, Germany’s liberal Free Democrats have seized on weekend election gains in Hamburg as a welcome last-minu(...)

FDP Hamburg leader Katja Suding (right) and two party colleagues did a photo shoot as ‘Linder’s Angels’ – a nod to luckless FDP leader Christian Lindner.

Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) were once the kingmaker of postwar politics: proud champions of free markets and human rights. Then the (...)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon leaving University College London on Wednesday, She has said in a speech that the UK’s austerity economics were morally unjustifiable and economically unsustainable. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon, still in her first few months in office as Scottish first minister and as leader of the Scottish National Party, is making a habit of(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: says  Ireland views the passenger name records (PNR) proposal as a “priority” for the EU

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has written to Ireland’s 11 MEPs urging them to back contentious legislation that aims to facilitate the pool(...)

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Locals reflected on the “the end of an era” on Wednesday as Stena Line’s announcement meant no ferry service would run from Dun Laoghaire this year af(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson was joined by several senior party colleagues in the art deco Strand cinema including some DUP Westminster candidates such as Nigel Dodds and Gregory Campbell for the launch of the party’s election billboard.

The DUP will not be seeking to be part of a formal coalition or asking for seats in cabinet should it hold the balance of power after the British gene(...)