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British prime minister Boris Johnson: “Lockdowns, further restrictions, are not cost-free for lives, for livelihoods, for life chances, closing schools.” Photograph:  Jack Hill

Boris Johnson has rejected new coronavirus measures as infections reached a record daily figure of 218,724, declaring that Britain could “ride out” th(...)

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969. Lennon is interviewed alongside Ono in the tape, and speaks with great tenderness of his love for her. Photograph: Anonymous/AP

A fascinating cache of mostly unheard interview tapes with John Lennon is up for auction this month, offering an insight into topics including his fav(...)

US president Joe Biden speaks on Tuesday about the ongoing evacuation in Afghanistan. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

No, the western alliance is not about to break up. And America is not about to drift off into some isolationist reverie. Afghanistan is too peripheral(...)

Cllr Deirdre Conroy on a motorbike in 2019. Photograph: Facebook

If anyone doubted Fianna Fáil’s genius for publicity they need only look at a bizarre video that emerged on social media last week. The History of Dei(...)

Andorra’s Ildefons Lima tackles Switzerland’s Eren Derdiyok during a 2018 World Cup qualifier. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Willie Whitelaw famously complained that political rival Harold Wilson was “going around the country stirring up apathy.” At a continental level a sim(...)

The remains of Roger Casement were exhumed and returned to Dublin  in 1965.

The macabre exhumation of the remains of Roger Casement in Pentonville Prison in London in 1965 is recounted in detail in the latest volume of documen(...)

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has welcomed a British Supreme Court ruling that that his convictions for attempting to escape from the Maze Pr(...)

Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing Street on Thursday after being appointed chancellor of the exchequer. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The new British chancellor of the exchequer has arrived in No 11 via public school, Oxford and Goldman Sachs – not an unusual route to one of the high(...)

 Leo Varadkar and  Boris Johnson meet at Thornton Manor Hotel, on The Wirral, Cheshire. Photograph: PA

As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on Friday, here’s a look back at how we got there. January 1st, 1973: The United Kingdom, (...)

There are new challenges for the Queen. The World is Changing, something which is ever surprising to people in period dramas.

The Crown is back on Netflix. The first two series covered our hero’s rise from a plucky underdog engaged in backstreet underground Queening contests (...)

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