Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre): the Kremlin wants World Cup 2018 to be a showcase for Putin’s Russia, just like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via Reuters

The mayor of Kaliningrad, a host city for the World Cup in Russia next year, has offered some striking match-day advice to its residents: don’t hit th(...)

 Richard Hayes: librarian and code-breaker

One morning in May 1947, a German wartime spy named Hermann Görtz was brought to the Aliens’ Office in Dublin Castle and told he would be deported hom(...)

Brexit secretary David Davis told MPs this week that he expects EU leaders to agree that the negotiations are close to achieving as much progress as they can before moving on to trade talks. Photograph: AFP/PRU

Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday with no hope of moving on to talks about a post-Brexit trade deal before December, as other EU leaders exp(...)

Niall Collins of Fianna Fáil said the Government’s unwillingness to publish reports into Brexit by some of its departments is unhelpful. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of deliberately suppressing two more reports on the economic impact of Brexit on Ireland. The reports, commiss(...)

There is disquiet over a proposed loosening of standards to attract the IPO of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company. Photograph: Reuters

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund has sharply criticised UK plans to change its stock market listing rules, adding to disquiet over a proposed(...)

 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian elite students in Tehran, Iran, today. Photograph: Iran supreme leader website/EPA

Iran’s supreme leader has described Donald Trump as “mentally retarded” as he urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal, following the US (...)

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire speaking  in  London, where he said  powersharing talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin have stalled. Photograph: PA

Northern Ireland is on a “glide path” to direct rule as talks between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party have stalled, James Brokenshire has(...)

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Developmenton, said: “What becomes more obvious day-by-day is that the Brexiteers are hooked on brinkmanship – and have been since the beginning”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Britain’s so-called Brexiteers are “hooked on brinkmanship” and their only approach is “the tough-guy approach”, Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan (...)

Senator Catherine Noone, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, speaks during session this afternoon. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has tonight voted not to retain Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution (another term for the amendment) i(...)

A sign for a Lloyds TSB bank branch, as shareholders begin a High Court battle today for £600 million damages from Lloyds Banking Group. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Lloyds Banking Group mugged shareholders into agreeing to the “catastrophic” HBOS deal struck at the height of the global financial crisis, a lawyer r(...)