Angela Merkel's reasoned approach came despite a call from foreign ministers from the EU's six founding members for Britain to leave the bloc as soon as possible

Merkel calls for cordiality, ministers push exit

25 Jun German Chancellor Angela Merkel called today for clear-headed negotiations with Britain on its departure from the European Union, stressing that talks with the "close partner" must take place in a good atmosphere.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon calling for second independence referendum

Scottish ministers plan urgent Brussels talks

25 Jun Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says her government will seek to enter into "immediate discussions" with Brussels to "protect Scotland's place in the EU" in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Somali security offciers take positions as they fight attackers in front of the hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia

At least 15 die in Mogadishu hotel attack

25 Jun Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group launched a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in the centre of Mogadishu today before militant fighters stormed the building, a police officer said.

Fighters on the Syrian border with Jordan

At least 47 killed in Syrian air strikes

25 Jun Russian and regime air strikes killed 47 people, most of them civilians, and wounded dozens more today in a jihadist-held town in eastern Syria, a monitor said.

Jean-Claude Juncker wants a speedy UK separation process from

Brexit divorce must be 'quick' - Juncker

25 Jun European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has said Britain's planned departure from the European Union was "not an amicable divorce" but called for it to be quick.

West Virginia was hit by up to 25cm inches of rain

23 dead, hundreds rescued in US floods

25 Jun At least 23 people in West Virginia have died in the US state's worst flooding in more than a century, while hundreds more have been rescued from swamped homes.

Jermy Corbyn is facing a vote of no confidence as Labour leader next week

UK commissioner resigns, Labour's Corbyn defiant

25 Jun The UK's European Commissioner Jonathan Hill has announced he is standing down from his post in response to the referendum vote for Brexit, while Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to continue as party leader.

Nicola Sturgeon said she will take 'all possible steps and explore all options'

Scottish exit 'democratically unacceptable'

24 Jun Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said it is "democratically unacceptable" that Scotland would be taken out of the EU "against its will" and the option of a second referendum on independence is on the table.

Barack Obama said the US respects the decision of the people of the United Kingdom

Obama says UK relationship endures

24 Jun US President Barack Obama has said the US relationship with both Britain and the European Union would endure in the wake of British voters' decision to leave the EU.

Nigel Farage said 'Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day'

Farage hails 'independence day'

24 Jun Nigel Farage has called for the referendum day, 23 June, to be declared a bank holiday, saying that it will "go down in our history as our independence day".

Charles De Gaulle twice blocked Britain from joining the EU

Timeline: Britain's relationship with Europe

24 Jun Britain's relationship with Europe has been difficult from the start. Take a look back at major developments, from France blocking Harold Macmillan's attempt to join, to today's Brexit.

What is the impact for Ireland of a Brexit?

Brexit: What does it mean for Ireland?

23 Jun Politically, socially and economically the decision of the UK to leave the European Union will have huge ramifications for Ireland, writes RTÉ Business Editor David Murphy.

Leave supporters celebrate in London

UK and EU enter 'uncharted territory'

24 Jun Britain has voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War II.

In pictures: Reaction to Brexit

In pictures: Reaction to Brexit

24 Jun Images of the reaction to the decision of voters in Britain to become the first country to leave the EU since its formation.

David Cameron will be remembered as the PM who presided over Britain's break with the EU

David Cameron - A Legacy of Division

24 Jun He was the leader who told his party to "stop banging on about Europe", but David Cameron will go down in history as the Prime Minister who presided over Britain's decisive break with Brussels.