The coffin of Ian Paisley, the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and first minister of Northern Ireland, is carried to his grave at the Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church in Ballygowan, Northern Ireland  today. Photograph: Reuters

As the funeral of Ian Paisley was taking place today, political leaders from across the divide paid tribute in the Northern Assembly at Stormont to th(...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond (centre)  with former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars (right). Photograph: Reuters/Paul Hackett

Major oil companies and the banks who have urged Scots to vote No will face “a day of reckoning” after next week’s referendum, a former deputy leader (...)

Britain’s prime minster, David Cameron, and home secretary Theresa May speak to Home Office immigration enforcement officers at a property in Slough where six immigrants were arrested yesterday. Photogrpah: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

A plan by Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, to tighten restrictions on benefits to unemployed European Union immigrants is to be investigate(...)

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage speaks to the media after the declaration of the Newark by-election at Kelham Hall near Newark. UKIP came second in the byelection but trailed the Conservatives by 7,000 votes. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters.

British prime minister David Cameron has won a significant by-election in England, beating the UK Independence Party by some 7,000 votesThe result in (...)

Ukip  leader Nigel Farage  with some of the party’s his new councillors during a visit to Basildon, Essex, on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

The UK Independence Party has beaten Labour and the Conservatives to win the largest share of the vote in the European Parliament elections.Following (...)

About a quarter of the 462 local council seats were declared after the first day’s counting. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Sinn Féin and the DUP are on course to maintain their respective positions as lead parties of nationalism and unionism in Northern Ireland. How(...)

 A crowd in Croydon waits for Ukip leader Nigel Farage  who didn’t turn up. Photograph: Dan Dennison/Getty Images

Marcon Hibbert and the Endurance Steel Orchestra were hired on Monday evening to play steel drums outside the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon in s(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Accused of using euro crisis as a smokescreen. Photograph: EPA/Daniel Naupoldepa

The Berlin headquarters of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lies on the northern bank of t(...)

North African migrants sit on a deck of the Italian navy ship ‘San Giorgio’ after being rescued at sea off the coast of Libya earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Matteo Guidelli

New rules on the treatment of migrants who enter the European Union will come into effect this summer as the European Parliament passed a new l(...)

President Michael D Higgins and  Queen Elizabeth  before the banquet held at Windsor Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson

History, good and bad, has happened inside the walls of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster for centuries and then, sometimes, it comes bac(...)