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Britain’s accounting watchdog will be dismantled and replaced by a new stronger regulator that can issue harsher penalties and directly intervene in how companies present their accounts. Photograph: Getty Images

Britain’s accounting watchdog will be dismantled and replaced by a new stronger regulator that can issue harsher penalties and directly intervene in h(...)

 British prime minister Theresa May is seeking to gather support for her Withdrawal Agreement ahead of a crucial vote. Photograph: Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May will continue efforts to win over Tory critics of her Brexit deal as MPs return to Westminster next week, but both (...)

Alfredo “Freddie” Scappaticci in 1987: Stakeknife was the code-name for a British army agent inside the IRA, identified as Scappaticci. Scappaticci denies the claims. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The power of the Stakeknife story to upset comforting histories in Northern Ireland can be gauged by the range of people who never mention it. Promine(...)

Look out for pre-lit Christmas trees to remove the annual light detangling from your to-do list

Turkey bought? Done. List made and checked twice? Check. Champagne on ice? Of course. Yet even the best-laid plans can be derailed by last-minute issu(...)

Former  Ulster Rugby players Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape following a trial two months ago. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A retired judge reviewing how sexual violence court cases are dealt with by the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland has warned “the hammer of (...)

Sir Charles Keane at Cappoquin House in Co Waterford. Photograph: Mary Browne

Sunlight on the foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains brightens the landscape into which Cappoquin House and its alluring garden sit as if grown fr(...)

John Major speaking about Brexit at Somerset House in London. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Former British prime minister John Major, whose own premiership was marked by Conservative European Union rebellions, has called for MPs to decide on (...)

 Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the public inquiry into the Iraq War, has said that he does not believe former prime minister Tony Blair (above)  was ‘straight with the nation’ about his decisions in the run-up to the 2003 conflict. Photograph: PA

Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq war. The chairm(...)

Northwest Passage, a painting by W Thomas Smith. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

The fate of Sir John Franklin’s last Arctic expedition was the great mystery of its time, Amelia Earhart, Lord Lucan and the Bermuda Triangle rolled i(...)

John Hurt, 1940-2017. Photograph: AP

Veteran British actor Sir John Hurt, Oscar-nominated for his star turn in ‘The Elephant Man’ and his supporting role in ‘Midnight Express’, has died a(...)

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