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 Russian diplomats and family members leaving the   Russian embassy in central London on Tuesday, March 20th.  British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal  and his daughter Yulia  who  were found suffering from exposure to a rare nerve agent in Salisbury on  March 4th.  Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Britain has stepped up checks on private flights entering the country but has held back from taking further retaliatory action in response to the poi(...)

Taoiseach  has rejected  suggestion that people  crossing the Border would have to pre-register. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Neither of the two border models being primarily considered for post-Brexit Ireland would create a frictionless border on the island, says a Swedish c(...)

Canadian ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers  at the Canadian embassy in Dublin. Photograph: Simon Carswell

A Canada-type free trade deal, touted as a post-Brexit model for the EU and UK, was “not a magic pill” to create a frictionless border, Canada’s ambas(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney (left) walks with European Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, prior to a meeting in Brussels on Monday. Photograph:  AFP/Pool

The UK has agreed that the “backstop” guarantee to avoid a hard Irish Border should be included in the draft Brexit treaty and that it will apply unle(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: A spokesman for him said the remaining 27 EU member states ‘have been consistent that there can be no backsliding on any part of December’s agreement’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

EU negotiators will this week insist the British abandon their hardline position and show a willingness to commit to the so-called backstop guaranteei(...)

Andria Zafirakou being presented with the fourth annual Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize worth $1m.  . Photograph: Varkey Foundation/PA Wire

An art and textiles teacher from an inner-city school in London has won a $1 million prize. Andria Zafirakou, who works at Alperton Community School (...)

A Soviet military parade: Vladimir Putin and the Brexiteers are both pining for empire

There is a scene from the classic 1970s TV adaptation of John Le Carré’s novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, when the captured Soviet agent, Bill Hayd(...)

Moscow said it was ordering the closure of the British Council in Russia and ending an agreement to reopen the British consulate in St Petersburg. Photograph: Getty

Russia’s government is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further measures in retaliation in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agen(...)

Karen Bradley: “The answer is for politicians who were elected by the people of Northern Ireland to get back into Stormont and run the executive.” Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Northern Ireland secretary of state Karen Bradley will be in Twickenham this afternoon cheering on England, arriving just in time after a whirlwind 72(...)

Nikolay Glushkov, who was a close associate of the late Boris Berezovsky,  was found dead at his home in south London on Monday. File photograph: Pavel Smertin/Kommersant Photo/AP

Police have launched a murder investigation into the death in London this week of a Russian exile who had been an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. (...)

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