Referendum: Catalans wear pro-independence flags in Barcelona on Tuesday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Out of Spain and so out of the European Union? Could Catalonia secede from Spain, as it is threatening to do, while, as its leaders would like, retain(...)

P45: the comedian Simon Brodkin, aka Lee Nelson, hands Theresa May a fake P45 at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

British cabinet ministers defended Theresa May on Wednesday after her keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference fell victim to a prankster a(...)

St Nicholas church in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Turkish archaeologists have claimed to have uncovered the likely burial place of St Nicholas, the 4th-century saint who gave rise to the legend of San(...)

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson:  received the most enthusiastic reception of the conference when he spoke on Tuesday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Prime minister Theresa May will on Wednesday tell her government to shape up and focus on solving Britain’s problems rather than on their own politica(...)

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson takes the stage to address the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, on Tuesday. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

For the first time during the Conservative party conference, there were queues outside the auditorium, with standing room only long before Boris John(...)

From January 1st, the ECB will give banks two years to set aside money to cover 100 per cent of the value of their non-performing unsecured debt, a draft document shows. Photograph: iStock

Irish borrowers face tougher access to credit and higher interest rates as a result of European Central Bank plans to force banks across the euro zone(...)

Flooding in Swords, Co Dublin, in October 2013: The frequency of extreme rainfall events in winter and autumn is  projected to increase by 30 per cent, according to Dr Saji Varghese of Met Éireann. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland is set for dramatic changes in its weather as early as mid-century, Met Éireann’s head of research told the Citizens’ Assembly today. The imp(...)

UK Independence Party newly elected leader Henry Bolton: left no doubt Ukip’s choice was a rejection of Anne Marie Waters’s campaign against Islam. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

The cheer that went up around the Riviera conference centre when Henry Bolton was announced as Ukip’s new leader on Friday was as much an expression o(...)

The charcoal portrait, in which the woman is holding a similar pose to the Mona Lisa (above) but with her body more side-on and her head turned further over her left shoulder, has been held in a collection  north of Paris since 1862. Photograph: iStock

A French art expert believes a charcoal drawing kept in a collection for more than 150 years may be a preparatory sketch made by Leonardo da Vinci of (...)

Anne Marie Waters: has described Islam as “evil”. Photograph: Ole Jensen/Corbis via Getty Images

The United Kingdom Independence Party will announce its new leader on Friday after a bitter contest that threatens to tear the party apart. Former lea(...)