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Football fans wearing masks of Cristiano Ronaldo and  Lionel Messi at the World Cup in Russia 2018.  Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP  via Getty Images

In the heady, innocent days of 2016 – before all of the largely dreadful things that have happened since had happened – Nick Serpell was given what wa(...)

  Cristiano Ronaldo speaks to the media at the  Estádio do Dragão in Porto ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup playoff final against North Macedonia. Photograph: Estela Silva/EPA

World Cup qualifier final: Portugal v North Macedonia, Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Tuesday, 7.45pm – Live on Virgin Media Two & Sky Sports Football (...)

 Aleksandar Trajkovski is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the winning goal in injury-time for North Macedonia in Palermo. Photograph:  Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images

Italy 0 North Macedonia 1 Italy missed out on the World Cup finals again after losing 1-0 at home to North Macedonia in their playoff semi-final on T(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy  (centre) posing with prime minister Denys Shmyhal (right), and chairman of the parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk with  a signed application for Ukraine’s membership to the EU. Photograph: EPA

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has galvanised efforts to integrate the country with the European Union as its government announced it would formally ap(...)

EU driving and resting regulations have been relaxed for hauliers due to the shortage of drivers. File photograph: Getty

A total of 60 applications for work permits for lorry drivers from outside the European Union have been received since a quota was lifted in October t(...)

Homeless children stand in a queue to receive a morning meal from Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Saint Teresa, at its headquarter in Kolkata, India,  Photograph: Bikas Das/AP

India has refused to renew the foreign-funding licence for the Missionaries of Charity, the Christian order founded by Mother Teresa famous for its wo(...)

The US and a group of other western countries  have expressed concern over reported killings and disappearances of former members of the Afghan security forces after the Taliban takeover. File photograph: STR/EPA

The US and a group of other western countries including Germany, France and the UK have expressed concern over reported killings and disappearances of(...)

Emergency services inspect the wreckage of a bus with North Macedonian plates that caught fire on a highway, killing at least 45 people, near the village of Bosnek, Bulgaria, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

A bus carrying tourists from North Macedonia crashed in flames on a highway in western Bulgaria before daybreak on Tuesday, killing at least 45 people(...)

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at a press conference during an EU-Western Balkans summit in Brdo pri Kranju, in Kranj, Slovenia, on Wednesday. Photograph: Igor Kupljenik/ EPA

EU leaders were never going to convince the Western Balkans six that there remains a real “European perspective” for them – code for accession prospec(...)

The road haulage industry has estimated that there is a shortage of between 3,000 and 4,000 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and wants more new foreign drivers to help fill jobs. File photograph: Getty

The Government has directed the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to look at negotiating potential driving licence exchange agreements with four more countr(...)

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