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Secret files: Declassified documents reveal rocky road to peace

Image copyright PA Media Image caption British officials saw the 1994 meeting between Gerry Adams, Albert Reynolds and John Hume (L-R) as an example of “indecent haste” Declassified government papers show there were serious tensions between the British and Irish governments over their responses to the paramilitary ceasefires of the 1990s. The detail is contained […]

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Anthrax hoaxer admits sending white powder to MPs

Image caption Richard Hayes will be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court in November A hoaxer who sent packages of white powder marked as “anthrax” to female MPs has admitted targeting 16 victims. Richard Hayes, 40, sent substances including flour, protein powder and bicarbonate of soda “intending to create a belief of a noxious substance”. Recipients […]

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Channel 4 News boss says media have right to call politicians ‘liars’

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Dorothy Byrne said Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn were both “cowards” Channel 4’s head of news has defended the right of journalists to call out politicians for telling lies. Dorothy Byrne delivered a keynote speech at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Wednesday, calling Prime Minister Boris Johnson a “coward” […]

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Government finances weaker than expected in July

Image copyright Getty Images The UK posted a smaller-than-expected budget surplus in July as government spending increased. The lower July surplus leaves the government finances in a weaker position overall for the first four months of this financial year. That raises questions over prime minister Boris Johnson’s room for fulfilling promises over tax cuts and […]

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Brexit: Johnson and Varadkar in hour-long call

Image caption Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar spoke by phone on Monday The prime minister and the taoiseach (Irish prime minister) have “shared perspectives on the withdrawal agreement” in a phone conversation. Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar spoke for almost an hour on Monday evening, the two governments said. Mr Johnson said the agreement in […]