Children conceived after mitochondrial donation would have “nuclear” DNA determining individual traits such as facial features and personality from its two parents, plus a tiny amount of mitochondrial DNA (mDNA) from an anonymous woman donor. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies using DNA from three people. The first baby conceived a(...)

Cash for influence

Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw would use their political influence to lobby for a putative Hong Kong firm in return for handsome fees, according to a(...)

Malcolm Rifkind (left) and Jack Straw face claims on February 23, 2015 that they offered to use their positions to help a private company in return for cash following an undercover investigation. Photograph: Justin Tallis/Leon Nealleon/AFP/Getty Images

The Conservative Party has suspended the whip from former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind, and a party disciplinary committee will investigate cash-(...)

A diesel-laundering operation in Co Monaghan.

A group of parliamentarians from Ireland and Britain witnessed 12 diesel laundering “fronts” in operation during a recent visit to the Border betwe(...)

A pro-Russian separatist plays with a football at a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian city of Uglegorsk. Photograph: AFP 1:44

Ukraine’s military have said more than 20 Russian tanks, 10 missile systems and bus-loads of fighters crossed Ukraine’s border and headed towards Nov(...)

Lin Homer: said her department had dealt with the most serious cases. Photograph: AFP PHOTO/ PRU

The UK tax authority denied it failed to take adequate action against British clients of HSBC who hid money in Swiss accounts. Lin Homer, chief execut(...)

David Cameron: “I know what parents go through when they are concerned about these issues”

The United Kingdom will become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of so-called “three-parent IVF babies”, following a House of (...)

Artificial insemination: Jane Ellison, the Conservative public health minister, said the new  techniques offered the only hope for  women who carry mitochondrial disease to have “healthy, genetically related children”

MPs have voted in favour of making Britain the first country in the world to permit IVF babies to be created using biological material from three di(...)

James Nolan, who runs the butcher shop with his wife Emma, is the fourth generation to stand behind the counter in the family business that was established in 1886. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Nolan’s butcher shop in Kilcullen, Co Kildare has been nominated for the “Champion of Champions Award” in the Countryside Alliance awards which will b(...)

Polish MP Anna Grodzka: she was the first transgender MP to be elected by Krakow’s voters four years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Perhaps it was a sign of the times, but Leo Varadkar’s outing on RTÉ Radio made only a modest splash in the world’s media. English-language media outl(...)