Paul Brennan


Macron win leaves French politics in crisis

Now that France has chosen a new president, there is another political battle looming - a vote for a new parliament next month.


Algeria’s NLF wins majority in parliamentary elections

Algeria's ruling National Liberation Front (NLF) and its allies have won a majority of seats in Thursday's parliamentary election. The government tried hard to get people to vote. but most Algerians did not share its enthusiasm.


W20 Summit: Women strive for gender equality

The G20 group of nations has been warned that ongoing gender inequality is costing trillions of dollars in lost GDP.


French voters push mainstream parties to the sidelines

Final figures for the first round of the presidential election show Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist candidate, with 23.75 percent of the vote - ahead of the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who has a little over 21.5 percent.


France election: Voters cast ballots in first round

Turnout is high as voters in France are casting their ballots in the first round of the presidential elections. Four of the 11 candidates running for the country's top job stand a realistic chance of reaching the second round.


Brexit tops European centre-right’s discussions in Malta

The UK’s exit from the European Union was at the forefront of discussions among centre-right European leaders meeting in Malta.


Bulgarians vote in snap election for third time in four years

Bulgarians have voted in a snap general election and the result could tilt the country closer to Russia. A decade after joining the European Union, Bulgaria remains its poorest state and corruption is rife.


Relatives want answers on Irish mass grave for babies

Relatives are demanding a full excavation of a mass grave of babies in the west of Ireland. The remains of almost 800 infants are thought to have been secretly buried at a former mother and baby home between the 1920s and 1960s.


Ireland: Discovery of baby remains raises questions

Campaigners in Ireland are warning that the task of identifying the remains of hundreds of babies, believed to be buried in unmarked graves, may take years.


Turkey: Critics question timing of Erdogan’s biopic

A new movie portraying the early life of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in the cinemas just weeks before a controversial referendum. The film titled 'The Chief' paints a very complimentary picture of Erdogan, prompting questions.


Brexit: UK government faces setback over EU citizens' rights

The UK government says it is determined to overturn a vote by the upper house of parliament demanding the rights of EU citizens in Britain are protected.

War & Conflict

UK soldiers may face prosecution for Iraq war crimes

Head of committee investigating abuses by UK soldiers is confident of legal action, but rights groups criticise delays.