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 Theresa May leaves Downing St: A relatively calm week for the British prime minister.  Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

There was an unfamiliar scene in the House of Commons this week as Conservative MPs cheered loudly at the end of Theresa May’s weekly joust with Jerem(...)

Pope Francis after this week’s general audience in St Peter’s Square:  in 2013 he declared the founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle, “venerable”. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ETA

The Presentation Sisters are among the first Catholic institutions in the world to announce their divestment from fossil fuels. They are involved in(...)

Paul Bekaert, the lawyer acting for  former  Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, speaks to media outside  a Belgian court in Brussels today. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The lawyer acting for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said the court hearing for his client and four secessionist allies on whether they s(...)

“This year’s results for Harrods have yet to be published, but if the rest of the retail landscape in Britain is anything to go by, Harrods will be very lucky to show another increase in profits.” File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Walk into Harrods from the corner of Hans Crescent and the Brompton Road and you can find your way around with your eyes closed, just by following you(...)

Social justice: lagging behind

A sharp dose of realism can be upsetting. But it is a useful antidote to misconceived notions of achievement. Exceptional progress has been made in re(...)

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont:  will argue that Spain’s attempts to repatriate him are unlawful and politically motivated. Photograph:  Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The deposed president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, is due to appear in court in Brussels on Friday, where he will argue that Spain’s attempts to (...)

‘Northern Ireland could not mirror Hong Kong and become a link between the EU and the UK.’ Photograph: Getty Images

One of the great British delusions is that the UK is a bridge between Europe and America. This belief seems so culturally self-evident it is barely qu(...)

The driving force behind Irish exports was once again medical and pharmaceutical products

The value of Irish exports rose 1 per cent to €9.3 billion in September, while imports fell 3 per cent to €5.7 billion. This resulted in a trade surp(...)

It was 99 years ago today and the world would never be the same. Armistice Day is the name given to November 11th, 1918, marking the formal end of W(...)

Indian schoolchildren cover their faces as they walk to school amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8th, 2017. Doctors are warning of a public health emergency. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty

Authorities in India’s capital New Delhi have shut down schools, put construction projects on hold and advised residents to stay indoors as part of an(...)

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