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A judicial review of  the protocol, part of the Brexit deal that creates a trade border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, has begun in Belfast’s high court.

The operation of the Northern Ireland protocol has been likened to the Vichy regime, which co-operated with the Nazis in France during the second Wor(...)

An Armenian soldier fires artillery on the front line, during fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh on October 25th, 2020. Photograph:   Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

International diplomacy has swung into action to defuse the threat of fresh violence in the south Caucasus, after Armenia accused Azerbaijani troops o(...)

Airbnb experienced ‘seady improvement’ in Europe, led by the UK and France. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/Getty Images

Airbnb has reported a surge in bookings as coronavirus restrictions are eased in some countries. The value of bookings made by holidaymakers shot up (...)

Valeo’s Oliver Sutherland and fifth-generation miller Nigel Odlum: The Bain deal has been set at more than 10 times Valeo’s €170 million ebitda. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell

Michael Carey inherited the secret of how to get the figs into the fig rolls when he engineered the purchase of the Jacob’s biscuits business 17 years(...)

Public health nurse Deirdre Murphy with a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination at the mass vaccination centre in the Helix, DCU, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

People in Ireland are the most willing among European Union member states to take the Covid-19 vaccine, according to a survey released on Thursday. A(...)

 Boris Johnson  and  Labour Party leader Keir Starmer leading MPs in a socially-distanced  line through the central lobby for  the state opening of parliament.  Photograph:  Getty Images

In a flurry of tweets after last week’s Hartlepool byelection, former Downing Street chief-of-staff Dominic Cummings said that if Keir Starmer wanted (...)

Lilian Bland in her home-made biplane “Mayfly”. She devised an ad-hoc fuel system comprising a whiskey bottle and her aunt’s ear-trumpet when there was a delay in delivering the fuel tank. Photograph: Ulster Aviation Society

‘I had proved wrong the many people who said that no woman could build an aeroplane, and that gave me great satisfaction.” Lilian Bland, who wrote tho(...)

One of the two boats with a total of 415 migrants on board, in Lampedusa, Italy. Photograph: ANSA/EPA

The issue of migration is back on the agenda in Europe this week after good weather saw a surge in people crossing the Mediterranean, leading to calls(...)

Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s chief operating officer, said the group would realign its supply chain strategy so it could address “unpredictable” risks in the future.

Nissan has projected a third year of net losses with its turnaround efforts hobbled by “huge risks” from the global chip shortage and a surge in raw m(...)

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