In Belfast 1,171 people were confirmed positive for the virus in the last seven days. File photograph: Douglas Magno/ AFP

The North’s first and deputy first ministers warned on Thursday of tough and significant decisions ahead as the number of coronavirus cases and hospit(...)

A European Union  flag flies outside the Berlaymont in Brussels, Belgium.  Photographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

There is a “slim” chance the legal framework to allow cross-border security co-operation to continue seamlessly post-Brexit can be put in place by Jan(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen at the EU summit in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Olivier Matthys, Pool/AP

The European Union has appealed to the British government to come to a compromise on state aid rules to break the deadlock in Brexit talks and allow t(...)

SNP MP Margaret Ferrier in the House of Commons on Monday during a debate on the coronavirus response. She had experienced symptoms before the debate and her test came back positive. Photograph: Parliament TV/PA Wire

An MP has apologised for travelling to London to debate the coronavirus response in parliament after experiencing Covid-19 symptoms before testing pos(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: ‘We would not have had peace in Ireland if it hadn’t been for the United States in terms of interventions, support, encouragement and ongoing involvement.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Ireland will not become “collateral damage” on Brexit, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has warned as he kicked-off a series of engagements (...)

The family of Helen McCourt, who was murdered in 1988, at Downing Street with a petition to Introduce Helens Law in England, in 2018. File photograph: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Northern Assembly has endorsed a motion designed to ensure that prisoners convicted of murder and child sex offences are not eligible for release (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, German minister of foreign affairs Heiko Maas, right, and European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/EPA

National governments around the European Union increasingly believe that London does not want to reach a deal with the EU that would prevent a crash e(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson attends a service  marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey in  London on Sunday.  Photograph:  Aaron Chown/AFP via Getty Images

One of Lenin’s more famous, if not apposite, aphorisms observes that while nothing much can happen for decades, “there are weeks when decades happen”.(...)

Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke arriving at Southwark Crown Court in London to be sentenced for three counts of sexual assault. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

A former British MP has been described by a judge as a “sexual predator” who “told a pack of lies” as he was jailed for two years for sexually assault(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson attends a virtual press conference at Downing Street in London, England, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau- WPA Pool/Getty Images

Relations between the EU and UK plunged to their worst level since the Brexit vote in 2016 on Wednesday when the British government published intended(...)

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