Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: has sensibly spelled out the constraints that will limit his capacity to dispense largesse next Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is typical of Irish politics that most of the political pressure on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in the run-up to the budget is to do the w(...)

Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86, on a  visit in 2010 to the Palestinian Legislative Council in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun/EPA

Politicians from all parties have paid tribute to Labour MP Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86. Sir Gerald was one of the sharpest and most acerbic (...)

True grit: Fedor Bondarchuk on the set of Stalingrad

T here a re few subjects more sacred in Russian iconography (a word that nation would readily understand) than the battle of Stalingrad. Not many b(...)