Indian women wait outside to cast their votes at a polling station in Supana village in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

Women make up about half of India’s population of more than 1.3 billion, but they continue to be poorly represented in parliament and state legislatur(...)

Tomi Ungerer, Collage, papier sur papier carton

What do you do if you have a mind that won’t leave you alone? Some take refuge in alcohol and drugs, others spend a lifetime trying to quiet the overl(...)

Cathy Ellison and Stuart Thomson at the march calling for a People’s Vote on Brexit in London on Saturday.

At Park Lane, one million people are gathering to march in support of a “People’s Vote”. Europhiles walk around draped in flags and waving signs that (...)

Brexit battle: like English players at Wimbledon, Theresa May has been hyped up far beyond her merits and promoted to Centre Court. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty

The British prime minister doesn’t cut it as a tragic figure. Instead, stuck in Brexit chaos partly of her own making, she has had the overweening (...)

Body and Soul founder Avril Stanley:  “The acts we like are that little bit more unique. Headliners have never been part of our passion.” Photograph: Tom Honan / The Irish Times

It is so calm in Avril Stanley’s office that I wonder if I have come to the wrong place. “I need the quiet to think,” says the creator of Body and Sou(...)

The announcement that Honda is to close its Swindon plant raises much larger questions about how the British economy will weather the shocks of a hard or no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The blow delivered to Swindon this week when the Japanese carmaker Honda announced it will close its factory there raises much larger questions about (...)

Derek Hatton, who has been suspended from the British Labour Party just days after being readmitted. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Derek Hatton, the controversial former deputy leader of Liverpool council, has been suspended from the British Labour Party just two days after being (...)

Border patrol: a wounded British soldier in Co Fermanagh in 1978. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

In 1983, taoiseach Garret FitzGerald convened the New Ireland Forum in Dublin, intending to achieve a consensus among constitutional nationalist parti(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (centre) with members of the Friends of Ireland caucus inside the Ways and Means committee room in the US Capitol building in Washington on Thursday. Left, Irish ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and, right, committee chairman Richard Neal. Photograph: Marty Katz

Within the wood-panelled walls of the Ways and Means committee room, on the second floor of the United States Capitol building, sits a sculpture of Wi(...)

 Japanese car manufacturer Nissan announced on Sunday that it was cancelling plans to build its X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant in northeast England, despite Brexit assurances from the government. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Carmaker Nissan has scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in Britain and will produce it solely in Japan, warning two months before Brexit that (...)

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