Stocking filler? Clay ‘caganer’  figures representing Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Vladimir Putin on sale in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Albert Gea / Reuters

Image of the week: Nativity interlopers “All I want for Christmas is a clay figure of Vladimir Putin with his arse hanging out” is not quite the lyri(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said the Government would back any request by the UK to extend the deadline for Article 50 negotiations Photograph: Tom Honan

The Government would back any request from the UK for an extension to the Article 50 process to give more time to negotiate withdrawal from the EU, Mi(...)

Former chairperson of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution Senator Catherine Noone is part of the group. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government is unlikely to raise the North’s abortion laws at this week’s Inter-Governmental Conference (IGC) meeting with British ministers in Lon(...)

US president Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump and British prime minister Theresa May prior to their dinner at Blenheim Palace on Thursday night. Photograph: Geoff Pugh/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s incendiary newspaper interview on the eve of his first official visit to the UK, in which he took aim at Theresa May’s Brexit plans and(...)

Former UK attorney general Dominic Grieve speaking in a debate on Brexit legislation in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May is heading for a fresh showdown with Conservative rebels next week after they rejected a government-drafted amendme(...)

Theresa May: The prime minister has ruled out remaining in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. Photograph:  Jack Taylor/ Getty Images

A powerful cross-party group of MPs are set to force a vote in the House of Commons next week calling on Theresa May’s government to seek to remain i(...)

Screen grabbed image taken from the UK Government and Parliament site of a petition calling for US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK to be called off which has been backed by over one million people. Photograph: Parliament UK/PA Wire

An online petition calling for Donald Trump to be prevented from making an official state visit to the UK has reached 1m signatures. The petition o(...)

Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom, Labour MP Gisela Stuart and Conservative MP Boris Johnson during the ITV Referendum Debate last night. Photograph: Matt Frost/Getty Images

Boris Johnson has come under sustained attack during a televised debate on the EU referendum, as a Conservative minister joined forces with a Labour s(...)

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston, who has defected from the Leave camp over NHS financing. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

A senior Tory MP has abandoned the Leave campaign in the first major political defection of the referendum debate. The move by Sarah Wollaston, a doc(...)

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn: his aides stressed he was only raising it as an option for consultation. Photograph: Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn is facing a backlash from fellow Labour leadership candidates and others after floating the idea of introducing women-only train carriag(...)