The shooting victim’s mother Kathy Cirillo watches members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders carrying the casket of her son, Canadian Corporal Nathan Cirillo, after his regimental funeral service in Hamilton today. Photograph: Warren Toda/EPA

Thousands of mourners packed a church and lined the streets in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada today for the funeral of the soldier shot dead in last wee(...)

A couple embrace at the foot of the War Memorial as people pay their respects, in Ottawa where Cpl Nathan Cirillo was shot and later died from his injuries on Wednesday. Photograph: Cole Burston/EPA

The gunman in Wednesday’s attack on Canada’s capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after unde(...)

A bakery employee places a ‘question mark’ cupcake between a Scottish Saltire cake and a Union cupcake at a bakery in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

A day ahead of polling, one in seven people able to vote in Scotland’s independence referendum are still struggling to make their final choice, accor(...)

Membership of the EU is not a gimme for Scotland. So, whether they vote Yes or No to independence, they might well be an ex-EU member by 2017, given the other referendum, on UK EU membership, that could be taking place around then

It has only been a week-and-a-half since the Scottish independence debate exploded into life - or at least into our consciousness. Saturation media co(...)

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(...)

In a word

Midsummer is upon us. Okay, okay, let’s pretend. It is actually almost upon us by date, usually given as June 21st but more traditionally celebrated o(...)

Towards the end of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s showy new picture, Helena Bonham Carter, playing the mother of the titular pre-teen genius, turns to camera wi(...)

A heavily armed man identified by  police in moncton, Canada  as Justin Bourque has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three and wounding of two police officers in the New Brunswick province. Photograph: Viktor Pivovarov/Times & Transcript/telegraphjournal/Reuters.

A man suspected of killing three Canadian Mounties and wounding two others has been arrested after a day-long manhunt.Royal Canadian Mounted Police sp(...)

The Suncor oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

At a time of Russian sabre-rattling and with the Middle East in turmoil, a welcome geopolitical treble win could be on the cards. The United St(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at home in Drumcondra: “My living quarters are smaller than [the pope’s].” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Not enough was done to help priests after the Murphy report into the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse was published in 2009,(...)