• 26 May 2018

    Ireland votes a resounding ‘Yes’ to liberalising its strict abortion laws. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the country was united – calling it the “culmination of a quiet revolution”.

  • 26 May 2018

    Leaders from the North and South Korea meet again on the border for a surprise second summit. Could peace in the peninsula – and Donald Trump’s planned talks with Kim Jong Un – all be back on again?

  • 26 May 2018

    MPs say a scheme meant to help Afghan civilians who worked for the British armed forces as interpreters is an “utter failure” – with thousands of people living under “continual daily threat”.

  • 24 May 2018

    One man who knows how Donald Trump rolls is Steve Bannon. The former chairman of the hard, right-wing Breitbart News website was appointed by Trump as his chief strategist after helping run the presidential campaign. But while the White House may have broken ties with Steve Bannon he’s still carrying on with the work that…

  • 24 May 2018

    “It was hell”… “We were the living dead” – the words of Syrians emerging from the years of Militant Islamist rebel control and bombardment by Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces. This week for the first time in seven years the Syrian government fully controls its own capital.

  • 24 May 2018

    Joining me over the internet from Washington is Mark Fitzpatrick from the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He’s written extensively on North Korea’s nuclear programme.

  • 24 May 2018

    Next month’s summit with the North Koreans was supposed to be a foreign policy triumph for President Trump. He said his threats of military action, often in tweets aimed the leader he mocked as “little rocket man”, coupled with sanctions, had driven Kim Jong-un to discuss abandoning his nuclear ambitions. But today – after the…

  • 23 May 2018

    On Friday Ireland will decide whether to scrap its almost-total ban on abortion. Vocal proponents for and against reforming the constitution have powered a referendum campaign that has become increasingly bitter, but with a significant proportion of the electorate thought to have made up their minds. Our Social Affairs Editor Jackie Long is joined in…

  • 20 May 2018

    Texas: a state whose destiny has been shaped by oil, by political conservatism, by minimal government – and now, thanks to its growing Hispanic population – the future direction of the United States itself. Now a new book – God Save Texas – by the Pulitzer prize winning author Lawrence Wright – explores some of…

  • 20 May 2018

    Two German footballers – both of Turkish heritage – have met Germany’s president to “clear up the misunderstandings” – after a row over photographs showing them with Turkey’s President Erdogan. The players, who both play for UK teams, denied accusations that they were effectively endorsing Erdogan in his country’s elections.

  • 20 May 2018

    The US has condemned Venezuela’s President election as illegitimate, and the two main challengers have alleged voters are being illegally pressured to back the incumbent Nicholas Maduro for another six years. Turnout is expected to be very low as some opponents are boycotting the election and others are banned. The poll is taking place amid…

  • 19 May 2018

    The crowds are melting away this evening but those who came have witnessed something quite remarkable. A black American mother and the Queen meeting as equals – as their families join together. Meghan’s cultural history included in the pomp and ceremony of the day. The question: has this been a one off moment – or…

  • 18 May 2018

    There’s an international relief effort under way to contain an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three experts from the UK are among those being deployed, with 45 people believed to have been infected by the disease. Some 25 people have died, but the World Health Organisation has said the…

  • 18 May 2018

    Two and a half months after being poisoned, the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal was discharged from hospital today. He’s been taken to an undisclosed location for the next stage of his recovery It’s not been announced whether he’ll be joining his daughter, Yulia, who was also exposed to the deadly nerve agent attack in…

  • 18 May 2018

    This isn’t the first school shooting since the February attack in Florida, but it’s the deadliest. Ten students and staff members are reported to have been killed in a high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. A suspect is in custody, authorities say the gunman is a 17-year-old male student from the school, and that…