People wearing face masks hold up placards during a Black Lives Matter rally in Millennium Square  in Leeds, England. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

The new British government commission on racial inequalities is being set up by a Downing Street adviser who has cast doubt on the existence of instit(...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Saudi Arabia executed at least 187 people in 2019, according to a tally based on official data. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty/AFP

Saudi Arabia has ended the death penalty for crimes committed by minors after effectively abolishing floggings, as the kingdom seeks to blunt criticis(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: requires undivided loyalty from public servants. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov

Vladimir Putin has fired the veteran head of the Kremlin’s Human Rights Council together with four members of the advisory body known for their outspo(...)

Zoe Ball, Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz, who are among the  highest-paid BBC stars in 2018/19. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

Female presenters at the BBC were among the most prominent beneficiaries, while Irishman Graham Norton came in as third highest paid. The broadcaste(...)

Speaker of the House Jon Bercow. Brexiteers have complained that some of his decisions have stretched the rules to allow opponents of Brexit to set the agenda. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

MPs will have a say over whether Britain leaves the European Union without a deal on October 31st, Commons speaker John Bercow has promised. Speaking (...)

The Government has today appointed   Dr Vicky Conway to the Policing Authority.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has announced two new appointments to the Policing Authority, the agency that oversees the performance of An Gar(...)

Leading Tory Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg. File photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

A Conservative Party investigation into allegedly Islamophobic comments by Boris Johnson has been denounced as a “show trial” by Jacob Rees-Mogg. Wri(...)

Pro-abortion protesters hold placards during a demonstration calling for abortion to be legalised in Northern Ireland, outside Belfast city hall in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

A great quote has been unearthed by campaigners for abortion reform in Northern Ireland, showing that in 1992 future DUP leader Arlene Foster (then Ke(...)

Former  Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont: allowed to go free from Neumünster prison after paying €75,000 in bail. Photograph: Martti Kainulainen/AFP/Getty Images

A German court has ruled out extraditing former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on the charge of rebellion and agreed to release him from custody(...)

The advert placed in some UK national newspapers today, saying “Enough is Enough”

Freemasons have been “undeservedly stigmatised”, the organisation’s branch in England has declared as it embarks on a public campaign to prove it is n(...)

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