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HMP Birmingham: Inspectors found blood, vomit and rat droppings on the floor of the prison, where drugs were used openly and inmates appeared to be in control.   Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

 Britain’s prisons minister has warned that up to 20 jails are facing problems similar to those in HMP Birmingham, which the government has taken(...)

The festival is presenting its first full-scale staged opera, The Return of Ulysses, Claudio Monteverdi’s retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, which has never before been staged in Ireland.

With Galway International Arts Festival safely (and, by most accounts, successfully) packed away for another year, the stage is set for the summer’s l(...)

Alexanda Kotey and Shafee Elsheikh. Photograph: Syrian Democratic Forces/Handout via Reuters

Labour has accused Britain’s home secretary Sajid Javid of “abhorrent and shameful” behaviour in agreeing not to seek an assurance that two British al(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May visiting the Reece Group’s Armstrong Works in Newcastle. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire

Theresa May has started a nationwide campaign to win support for her Chequers proposal on Brexit by telling engineering workers in northeast England t(...)

TV host Andrew Marr and Brexit secretary Dominic Raab: Mr Raab described reports the government was planning to stockpile food and drugs as unhelpful but did not deny them. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

Britain’s Brexit secretary has condemned as irresponsible a warning from the European Commission about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on Eur(...)

Chief EU negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier: has gently demolished Theresa May’s Chequers proposal. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

One of the most tumultuous fortnights in recent British political history ended on Friday with Theresa May doubling down on her opposition to the EU’s(...)

Last Night at the Proms: Remainers have taken to bringing European flags into the Royal Albert Hall to wave alongside the Union Jacks. Photograph: BBC

The heatwave, the World Cup and the endless madness at Westminster have made this summer in London feel as if it has been going on for ever. But for s(...)

British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a keynote speech at the Waterfront Hall  in Belfast: Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

Theresa May will use a speech in Belfast on Friday to rule out agreeing to any Border backstop based on the European Union’s proposal to keep Northern(...)

Conservative Party chief whip Julian Smith: embroiled in scandal over breaking with tradition of pairs of MPs agreeing not to vote if one is unable to come to Westminster. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Downing Street has expressed confidence in chief whip Julian Smith amid mounting calls for his resignation following reports that he urged Conservativ(...)

Photo of the portrait of Constance Countess Markievicz (1901). Photograph: Estate of Boleslaw von Szankowski/PA Wire

Speaker John Bercow has accepted a picture of Constance Markievicz, the first woman elected to the House of Commons, from Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearg(...)

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