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Gillian O’Brien: “It is unusual to go to a general history site and not to be told something about 1916 even though 1916 took place geographically in very few places.”  Photograph: Alistair Daniel

Author Gillian O’Brien felt that there was a tendency towards a ‘traditional’ telling of history in Ireland, and set out to find the darkness in he(...)

A man gesticulates as he protests against a court ruling on tightening the abortion law in Poland, in Warsaw. Photograph: Omar Marques/Getty Images

Polish women’s groups and their supporters were braced for violent clashes with police and neo-fascists on Friday night as street protests against an (...)

Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off aired a special Japan-themed episode this week. Photograph: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions

Britain’s trade ministry has been forced to clarify a claim that a trade deal with Japan would result in lower prices on tariff-free soy sauce after c(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko said Poland would like to seize ‘all of Belarus’. Photograph: EPA

Embattled Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has reshuffled top security officials and backed the creation of armed volunteer militias to patro(...)

 The installation of an  auxiliary hospital unit   for  Covid-19 patients at Verviers, Belgium.  Photograph:  Benoit Doppagne/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

Hospitals are running out of beds across Europe and struggling to tend to patients as a surge of coronavirus infections, including a rise in cases amo(...)

A coronavirus patient arrives for treatment at a hospital in Kommunarka outside Moscow.  Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty

Moscow has rejected a recommendation from Russian health authorities to impose a curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs, in a bid to protect the (...)

 Sabbath prayer meeting outside a house in Stamford Hill, London,  by ultra-orthodox Hassidic Jews in April 2020. Photograph: Barry Lewis

Europe has lost almost 60 per cent of its Jewish population over the past 50 years, mainly as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union after which(...)

A woman confronts riot police at  an opposition rally in Minsk on the last  day of an ultimatum for Alexander Lukashenko  resign. Photograph: Stringer/AFP

Opponents of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko plan to launch a nationwide strike on Monday after he rejected demands to resign from more than 10(...)

Belarusian opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Photograph: Emil Helms/EPA

Belarus is braced for a weekend of protests and the expiry of a deadline that opposition leaders have given to its veteran president, Alexander Lukash(...)

A man wearing a protective face mask as a measure against the spread of the Covid-19  pandemic. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Europe’s reported new coronavirus cases more than doubled in 10 days, crossing 200,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday, according to a(...)

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