Australian prime minister Tony Abbott with the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Mr Abbott said that while the duke had not called to thank him for the knighthood, he did not “expect gratitude”. Photograph: Tim Rooke/PA Wire

The only person prime minister Tony Abbott consulted before awarding an Australian knighthood to Prince Philip was former defence force chief Angus H(...)

Jeremy Thorpe in 1977. The former Liberal Party leader  has died aged 85. Photograph: PA

Former leader of Britain’s Liberal Party Jeremy Thorpe has died aged 85. Thorpe was a prominent politician in parliament and on television, whose care(...)

Former British Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe,  who died on Thursday, pictured in 1977. Photograph: PA

Jeremy Thorpe, who brought the Liberal party to the brink of coalition government in 1974 but resigned amid scandal soon after, has died aged 85. He d(...)

Prices in Sydney rose more than 13 per cent in the year to October, prompting many media reports of foreigners snapping up properties

Australia could tighten rules on foreign purchases of housing, including tough new penalties for avoidance, under proposals by a government-backed inq(...)

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders in Schilderswijk: there have been problems  with supporters of Islamic State flying the flag, literally, for the new caliphate. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

When the mayor of a major city such as The Hague writes formally to his city council to warn that they have neither the resources nor the expertise to(...)

John Redmond MP –  portrait by artist Henry Jones Thaddeus. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland
To stand with the Empire

‘The life of a politician, especially of an Irish politician,” a weary and disheartened John Redmond reflected as his life was drawing to a close, “is(...)

Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond holds up “Aye” branded cakes during his visit to Brownings Bakers in Kilmarnock last week. Photograph: Reuters

One can but imagine Rupert Murdoch’s glee in New York on Saturday as he penned a Twitter message that caused consternation within moments on the other(...)

An anti-government protester looks at riot police standing behind their shields at the site of clashes in Kiev today. Photograph: Reuters

Anti-government activists have seized Ukraine’s justice ministry building as protests against president Viktor Yanukovich continued to intensify acros(...)

Protesters try to storm Ukraine House, where dozens of riot police were based during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early this morning. Photograph:  Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Police have clashed with protesters in central Kiev today and unrest has begun to spread outside the capital after embattled president Viktor Yanukovi(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning- Schmidt:  “This should hopefully be the last [reshuffle].” Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

While the world debates her Mandela funeral “selfie” with David Cameron and Barack Obama, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is fighting (...)