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German chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in Berlin on December 11th, 2018. Photograph: Odd Andersen

Jean-Claude Juncker started the day in Strasbourg telling MEPs there was “no room whatsoever for renegotiation” of the Brexit withdrawal treaty. “The (...)

Venn Life Sciences chief executive Tony Richardson. Venn has established full-service clinical research programmes and activities in 27 different countries

Clinical trials group Venn Life Sciences has signed a strategic collaboration with Open Orphan DAC as it seeks to increase its focus on rare diseases (...)

A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch centre in Xichang in China’s southwestern Sichuan province early. Photograph: China OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images

China has launched a daring space mission to boldly go where no one has gone before by landing a lunar probe on the dark side of the moon. A Long Mar(...)

Protesters wearing yellow vests take part in a demonstration below the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Numerous violent incidents broke out in Paris on Saturday during the fourth weekly demonstration by gilets jaunes protesters wearing yellow high visib(...)

Study of the Head of a Young Man: Rembrandt’s painting sold at Sotheby’s for £9.5 million; the estimate was £6 million. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty for Sotheby’s

He left no diaries or memoirs, and the majority of letters that exist from the Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn were those pleading for patronage. From(...)

Environmental activists hold letters “Save the climate, save the people” in front of a  church in Imielin near Katowice, Poland, during the COP24 climate  conference. Photograph:  Agencja Gazeta/Grzegorz Celejewski

The pace of negotiations at the UN climate talks has quickened in advance of politicians returning to Katowice in Poland this weekend. An attempt to f(...)

Housing activists were removed from a Dublin city centre property that they had been occupying for  three weeks. Photograph: Jack Power/The Irish Times

The latest homeless figures show that almost 10,000 people are accessing State-funded emergency accommodation. While this number represents a slight d(...)

A sticker reading “No Border, No Brexit” on a road sign near the Hands Across the Divide sculpture in Derry. Photograph: Mary Turner/Bloomberg

A post-Brexit VAT change threatens to close thousands of companies by squeezing their cash flows, the Republic’s biggest employers’ group fears. The (...)

 Pro-EU supporters call for a People’s Vote outside the British Houses of Parliament on  December 6th, 2018:   Some claim the backstop creates a problem of democratic control upwards because people in Northern Ireland would be subject to EU rules without any democratic representation in the EU. Photograph: Andy Rain

Although most of this week’s political drama has taken place in the House of Commons, they have also been debating Theresa May’s Brexit deal at the ot(...)

Johannes Vermeer: Girl With a Pearl Earring. Photograph: Mauritshuis/Google Arts & Culture/New York Times

Johannes Vermeer, whose acute eye captured the quiet beauty of Dutch domestic life, was not a prolific artist: just 36 paintings are widely acknowledg(...)

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