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Ghislaine Maxwell has been imprisoned for almost 17 months while awaiting trial, denied bail repeatedly. File photograph: Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and long-time companion of Jeffrey Epstein, will go on trial in New York today on charges related to her alle(...)

North Yorkshire.   Storm Arwen wreaked havoc across much of the UK, bringing strong winds, sleet and snow. Photograph:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Forecasters have warned the “coldest night of the season” is set to hit parts of the UK, with temperatures dropping to as low as minus 10 degrees. Th(...)

British health secretary Sajid Javid outside BBC Broadcasting House in London, ahead of appearing on  Sunday’s  Andrew Marr show. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Face masks will be made mandatory in shops and on public transport in England from Tuesday, the British health secretary said on Sunday, under fresh m(...)

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell: There is still no parliamentary majority in favour of according citizenship to all people born in Ireland, he says. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell has rejected criticism of a constitutional amendment championed by him which meant Irish-born children we(...)

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson: ‘As UK citizens, we should not be subject to foreign powers whilst all the time Northern Ireland diverges further from the rest of the UK.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has urged a continued focus on efforts to remove the “Irish Sea border”. Talks remain ongoing between the UK governm(...)

Passengers  queue for PCR   at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Phill Magakoe/AFP/Getty

Israel on Saturday said it would ban the entry of all foreign visitors into the country, making it the first country to shut its borders completely in(...)

South Africa: Travel restrictions were reintroduced on Friday in a push to contain a new strain of Covid as the WHO designated the Omicron variant as being of concern. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook

The Nphet Epidemiological Team is meeting regularly this weekend to monitor the developing Omicron variant situation in Europe and is “considering fur(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson warned the new variant could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Pool/AFP/Getty

British prime minister Boris Johnson has announced fresh measures to curb the spread of coronavirus including mandatory masks in shops and PCR tests f(...)

Betty Williams speaking in Athlone, Co Westmeath in February 1977.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The first volume of Irish women’s speeches showcases how women’s speeches Inspired and drove change in Ireland  There has long be(...)

The bird flu virus reaches the respiratory tract via droplets in the air, which come from the coughs and sneezes of other flu victims

“We are seeing an unprecedented explosion in outbreaks of new bird flu viruses, which historically have presented the greatest pandemic risk and certa(...)

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