Adnan Khashoggi: Saudi billionaire negotiated billions of dollars in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in the 1970s and played “a central role for the US government” with CIA operatives in selling guns to Iran, according to a 1992 US Senate report co-written by then-Senator John Kerry, now the US secretary of state. Photograph: Getty Images

One day during his presidential re-election campaign in September 1996, Bill Clinton walked into a room in Westin Crown Center hotel in Kansas City. A(...)

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster launching  her party’s  manifesto for the Northen Ireland Assembly election at   the Spectrum Centre, Belfast on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has called on unionists to vote for her party in the Northern Assembly elections to ensure she is returned as First Minister.(...)

John Redmond said Lord Lansdowne’s  speech detailing changes to the Home Rule Act “amounts to a declaration of war on the Irish people, and to the announcement of a policy of coercion”

John Bruton, the former taoiseach, speaking in Dublin on September 18th, 2014, the centenary day of the Home Rule Act, declared himself to be a suppor(...)

An Irish soldier holds  a copy of the 1916 Proclamation  outside the GPO  in Dublin. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The 1916 Proclamation is neither a sacred text nor a democratic constitution in embryo, but a hastily-improvised and fragmentary speech. Largely wri(...)

Irish-born Conor McGinn, Labour MP for St Helens North in Merseyside, says his constituency is better off in the EU

There is a view among some of those campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union that an exit would result in a return to an idyllic version of(...)

 Mike Ashley: there have been revelations  about onerous working conditions at Sports Direct’s huge warehouse in Derbyshire and the company’s widespread use of zero-hours contracts. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Billionaire Mike Ashley is not one to back away from a fight, but will he be brave – or bolshy – enough to take on the British parliament? The combat(...)

Matt LeBlanc (left) and rally driver Ken Block (right) during filming of BBC Top Gear in Westminster, London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Chris Evans has apologised “unreservedly” after scenes for the new Top Gear series were filmed near the Cenotaph war memorial in central London. Host(...)

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Mike Nesbitt says his party is fighting to win as many seats as possible at the Assembly elections on May. Howeve(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood with former party leader John Hume at the conclusion of the conference. Photograph by Declan Roughan

The Assembly election on May 5th must be a referendum on the record of Stormont leadership from Sinn Féin and the DUP over the last nine years, the SD(...)

Stormont Parliament buildings: The problem goes beyond everyone knowing everyone else, or of our ‘elites’ being more of a brass ring than a golden circle.  File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

I must confess to a provincial thrill at Northern Ireland’s Nama scandal – and I may not be alone. Last week’s BBC Spotlight investigation featured hi(...)

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