A file Nasa image released in  December 22017  shows an iceberg floating in Antarctica’s McMurdo Sound. Photograph: AFP

Antarctica’s annual ice losses have accelerated six-fold in the past 40 years in a trend that could push sea levels metres higher in coming centuries (...)

Actor Robert De Niro: Trump is a ‘white supremacist’.  Photograph:  Stephane Cardinale, Corbis via Getty Images

Here, with Orson Welles and Spike Lee on the walls, and James Dean and Natalie Wood on the doors to the toilets, is where Robert De Niro might have di(...)

Billy Connolly: spoke about his life with Parkinson’s disease in BBC documentary. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Comedian Billy Connolly has sent out a cheerful musical message assuring fans he is “not dead” following a programme documenting his battles with canc(...)

 A view of the US embassy building in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Russia has said it will not exchange a former US marine arrested in Moscow for Russians detained by the US. Commenting on the possibility of an exch(...)

The first  images of Ultima Thule, taken with different cameras. Photograph: Nasa/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Handout via Reuters

The first high-resolution images of a 35km-tall snowman-shaped object that lies one billion miles beyond Pluto have been released by Nasa. The photog(...)

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

US president Donald Trump dug in on his demand for border wall funding as the partial government shutdown approached its first full week Friday, threa(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

 A Nativity stained glass scene at the Abbey Stained Glass Studios in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

At carol services in cathedrals and churches across these islands, the celebration of Christmas Eve truly begins with the well-loved carol ‘Once in Ro(...)

 The White House said US president Donald Trump did not go to Florida on Friday as planned for the Christmas holiday. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

The US government has partially shut down after Democrats refused to meet president Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his Mexica(...)

 US president Donald Trump has called on senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to take up the amended bill from the House to prevent the shutdown.  File photograph: Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump conceded on Friday there was a good chance the Senate would not approve his demand for $5 billion toward funding his border (...)

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