The Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte: his party has just produced a seven-page position paper suggesting it’s time for Europe to close its borders to refugees and asylum-seekers. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

It’s indicative of what a hot topic immigration has become in the Netherlands that prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal Party has just produced a seven(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the DAF factory in Eindhoven in February. Rutte’s Liberal Party and his junior coalition partners, Labour, are expected to lose heavily to Geert Wilders’ right-wing Freedom Party in provincial elections. Photograph: Getty Images

The Dutch government suffered its second embarrassment in a week when two ministers resigned over misleading parliament about a payment to a convic(...)

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(...)

Tony Abbott: before the vote, he said he would “learn from this experience”. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott has survived an internal Liberal Party vote to declare his position vacant by 61 votes to 39.As he walked into (...)

Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades and gave up her US citizenship in 2013. 2:03

Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)

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(...)