David Miliband has stunned the Labour party by deciding to quit British politics to run the International Rescue Committee charity in New York.
George Osborne has strongly defended his budget policy aimed at boosting Britain's struggling housing market after his own economic watchdog warned that subsidies for mortgages would drive up property prices.
Barack Obama appointed the first woman to lead the US secret service in its 148-year-old history on Tuesday.
The highest court in Italy has ordered a fresh trial over the death of the British student Meredith Kercher, two years after Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of the killing in a case that gripped Italy, Britain and the US.
Fears that bank accounts could be raided in any future eurozone bailouts spooked markets on Monday, as Cypriots prepared for their banks to reopen for the first time in over a week on Thursday following a deal to secure a €10bn lifeline.
The exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky hanged himself in the bathroom of his Ascot home, a postmortem examination released last night concluded.
A speech by David Cameron on immigration has run into trouble after Downing Street clashed with the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on the cost of treating European patients on the NHS and No 10 struggled to back up the prime minister's claims with hard statistics.
When Eddie Mair asked Boris Johnson on the BBC's Sunday morning sofa whether he nurtured an ambition to become prime minister, the London mayor prevaricated, as he so often does about policy, adultery and other facets of his colourful life.
When Boris Berezovsky and his bodyguards cornered Roman Abramovich among the silk scarves and handbags of the Hermès shop on Sloane Street and served him with a $5bn writ, it was the clearest sign yet that London's most desirable corners have increasingly become Russian turf.
It must have seemed a good idea at the time.
Pussy Riot, the feminist punk rock band three of whose members are being prosecuted by the Russian authorities for singing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral, have told the Observer they refused to be intimidated by the government's "brutality and cruelness" because they "had done nothing wrong".
The government's attempt to put a week of mishaps behind it with a David Cameron speech on crime and justice looks set to run into trouble because there will be no additional money to back up his call for tougher sentencing and more rehabilitation.
David Cameron and the Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner were involved in bruising verbal exchanges on the margins of the G20 on Tuesday as she tried to force a package into his hand marked "Un Malvinas".
One of the Taliban's most senior commanders has admitted the insurgents cannot win the war in Afghanistan and that capturing Kabul is "a very distant prospect", obliging them to seek a settlement with other political forces in the country.
The bodies of two women have been found beneath a message calling for the release of jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot, Russian investigators have said.
A group of activists from the Ukrainian feminist group Femen were reported on Friday night to have been kidnapped by unknown men in the city of Donetsk, the venue for Ukraine's Euro 2012 match against France.
Vladimir Putin reacted angrily to the German chancellor Angela Merkel's questioning of the two-year jail sentence for the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot on Friday, telling her that a member the group had once committed an anti-Semitic act.
Italy is to press on with plans to open 1,000 new gambling arcades despite mounting national anguish over the spread of pathological gambling in what until recently was a nation of frugal savers.
America's long-running fiscal cliff crisis was finally resolved on Tuesday night when Congress voted in favour of a White House compromise that will impose tax rises on the wealthiest and spare the working-class and middle-class.
My new book, Vagina: A New Biography, has just come out in the UK – to a whirlwind of reaction. Why write about the vagina? And why now?
Cyprus has become the fifth eurozone nation to seek help from international lenders, but the rescue package includes a hugely unpopular levy on savers at Cypriot banks – and as yet it remains unclear whether the country's MPs will accept it.
Boris Johnson has likened himself and David Cameron to Wallace and Gromit during an interview with a French radio station, as he embarked on a charm offensive in Paris.
Cometh the hour, cometh the woman. Or rather, the women: for it seems you wait three decades for another plausible female prime minister, only for two to arrive at once.