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The dean of Westminster personally appealed to Buckingham Palace to allow Elton John to deliver his famous rendition of Candle in the Wind at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, according to newly released government files. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Westminster Abbey originally anticipated that Elton John would sing Your Song at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, rather than Goodbye England’(...)

Former US president Donald Trump. As the Boston Globe argues: ‘He attacked his own country. Five people died. Allowing him to go unpunished would set a far more dangerous precedent than having Trump stand trial.’ Photograph: Cooper Neill/The New York Times

The US constitution makes clear, as if it needed to be stated, that the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” And yet, clo(...)

Valérie Pécresse (C) flanked by senior party members after the announcement of her victory in the primary to select the presidential candidate of France’s Les Républicains, in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

France’s right-wing opposition Les Républicains have picked Valérie Pécresse to challenge Emmanuel Macron in next year’s presidential election, markin(...)

Set to appeal: former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: François Lo Presti/AFP via Getty

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to one year in prison on Thursday for the illegal financing of his failed campaign for re-el(...)

Algerian former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika salutes the crowd. Photograph: Alfred de Montesquieu/AP Photo

The burial of the former Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday marked the passing of the historic generation that fought for independence (...)

 Emmanuel Macron: “The nation has a debt to French Polynesia. This debt is for having provided a place for these tests.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty

President Emmanuel Macron has recognised France’s “debt” to French Polynesia for nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific between 1966 and 1996. (...)

Emmanuel Merkel and Angela Merkel have been lucid about the character of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel was not naturally inclined to focus on Franco-German relations. “She comes from the former East Germany, and her experience w(...)

At her first European Council meeting in December 2005, Angela Merkel emerged in the early hours ‘the deal-maker’ in brokering a budget accord. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

It was a different world when Angela Merkel walked into her first European Council meeting on December 15th, 2005. Around the table to discuss issues(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured with his wife Brigitte Macron, is considering reviving the controversial overhaul, and perhaps attempting to raise the retirement age. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin / AFP via Getty Images

There are certain staples in the term of any French president: the sacking of the prime minister when things are going badly, for example, or the obli(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron takes a selfie with member of the public  in Valence, southeastern France, on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AP

A man slapped Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday, briefly interrupting a walkabout during the French president’s tour of the provinces ahead of th(...)

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