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Election officials open a ballot box during Latvia’s parliamentary election, in Riga. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

A pro-Russia party has won the most votes in Latvia’s parliamentary election. Dissatisfied Latvians rejected the right-of-centre ruling coalition in (...)

 Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, speaking in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has reiterated to British prime minister Theresa May that there must be agreement on the Irish borde(...)

In a preposterous and offensive comparison, British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt drew a parallel between the EU and the Soviet Union, calling it a “prison” whose inmates are punished for trying to escape. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

It’s usually wise to treat the overblown rhetoric of party conferences as theatrical “noises off”, fodder for an excitable rank-and-file. But when a f(...)

Jacob Rees-Mogg addresses a Leave Means Leave event, on the sidelines of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, on Monday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this week is expected to be Theresa May’s last as leader and the contenders to succeed her are engaged(...)

Chancellor Of The Exchequer Philip Hammond speaks during day two of the annual Conservative Party Conference on Monday in Birmingham. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

A solution to providing frictionless trade across the Irish border after the UK leaves the European Union might be found using technology such as bloc(...)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is shown on a large screen as he addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, this week. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Tehran is the Trump administration’s choice for primary external target rather than North Korea, the 2017 favourite. During his address to the UN Gene(...)

FAW could, eventually, become a very serious rival for Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has lost its head of design to the very Chinese car maker that could, in some ways, eventually prove to be the biggest threat to the famed(...)

In this handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police, Salisbury Novichok poisoning suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are shown on CCTV at Salisbury train station at 16:11hrs on March 3rd, 2018. Photograph: Metropolitan Police via Getty Images

The City Stay Hotel, an unprepossessing, end-of-terrace house in the east London neighbourhood of Bow, boasts just two stars and offers rooms at £49 a(...)

An urban farm in Havana

By not participating in the ravenous capitalism of the second half of the 20th century, Cuba avoided much of the environmental degradation seen elsewh(...)

US national security adviser John Bolton with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at a military parade marking Ukraine’s independence day in Kiev on Friday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine pledged to cut all ties with Russia and to seek swifter integration with the EU and Nato on Friday, as a top US official joined Kiev’s leaders(...)

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