Martin McGuinness warned of 'real and active' threat against his life

Police have warned Stormont's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of a "real and active" threat against his life from dissident republicans, the Sinn Fein veteran has said.

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Protesters clash with police across Egypt, calling for end to Morsi’s Islamist government

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There has long been an assumption, undiminished as Germany entered this election year, that the centre-right is certain to prevail and Angela Merkel will be returned for a third term as Chancellor in the autumn. The assumption is as little contested in Germany as it is outside the country. And the fortunes of the main opposition parties have done little to persuade anyone otherwise.

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Belfast was hit by a fifth night of rioting yesterday following protests over a decision by councillors to limit the days the union flag flies over city hall.

Loyalist protesters converge on Belfast City Hall yesterday

Man arrested after gunshots during Belfast rioting

A man has been arrested in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on suspicion of attempted murder after gunshots were reportedly fired during clashes between police and loyalist protesters.

Merkel wins party backing for re-election campaign

Chancellor Angela Merkel launched her bid for re-election today, telling the party faithful that her government had steered Germany through the worst of the European financial crisis and was best equipped to guide it through what may still be tough times.

Give me time, begs Hollande as his popularity plummets

President François Hollande, facing an unprecedented meltdown in his popularity, today criticised the impatience of French voters but promised that his softly-softly approach would triumph in the end.

Portugal approves austerity budget

The new tax hikes would hit Portugal's cash-strapped population in every area

Ex-journalist Alex White to replace Roisin Shortall as Irish junior health minister

Former journalist and barrister Alex White has been named Labour's new junior minister following the shock departure of Roisin Shortall.

Spain forced closer to precipice as divisions open among G20 leaders

Merkel unwilling to offer Greece concessions as election victor tries to win rivals' support in Athens

Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras calls for broad coalition

Europe looked on with wary relief as Greek conservative leader Antonis Samaras launched coalition talks after winning elections following weeks of uncertainty over whether the country could remain in the eurozone.

Markets drop as Greece heads for another election

Markets slid on the news today that coalition government talks in Greece have failed after nine days of discussions, meaning the country is heading for another election next month.

Scottish independence 'needs second question'

Veteran MP George Galloway has said the Scottish independence referendum should include a second question calling for more devolved powers instead of secession.

Coalition talks flounder in crisis-hit Greece

Critical last-ditch talks to form a coalition government in crisis-struck Greece floundered once more today, leading the country one step closer to new elections, although the socialist party leader said he retained 'existing but limited' optimism for a deal.

Greek Presidential guards perform in front of the tomb of the Unknown soldier in central Athens

Greece: A nation on the brink

As the President makes a last-ditch effort to forge a unity government, Michael Pooler and David Connett report on what will happen if the country has to go back to the polls

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