A general election in Ireland produced a shock win for Sinn Fein, formerly the political wing of the IRA , a terrorist group. The party took the most first-choice votes, but ended up coming second in terms of seats in the Dail (parliament). Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, gave the final approval to continue HS2 , a high-speed rail link between London and northern cities. Mr Trump had earlier tweeted that he thought the prosecutors’ recommendation was “horrible and unfair”. It beat the bookies’ favourite, “1917”, to scoop best picture, the first foreign film to do so, and best director.