People release white doves  in memory of those who died in a fire at a trade union building two years ago. Photograph: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

Scuffles, arrests, a bomb scare and high security overshadowed events in the Ukrainian city of Odessa yesterday to mark two years since vicious street(...)

Thomas Clarke as an infant with his family and a tribesman in the Cape of Good Hope.

A photograph of Thomas Clarke – the first signatory of the 1916 Proclamation – as a baby in Africa in 1859 has come to light. The image shows one of(...)

A broadcast of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s annual televised call-in question-and-answer show is watched by journalists in Moscow on Thursday.  Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin has dismissed reports that billions of dollars in Panama offshore accounts might be linked to him as a US-backed “pro(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: Dutch voters rejected the trade deal by almost two to one. in Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has pledged to continue its engagement with Ukraine, despite the decisive rejection of an EU-Ukraine association agreement by Dutch(...)

First vice-president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans casting his vote in the Dutch referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine. Photograph: AFP Photo/Marcel van Hoorn

The Netherlands became the latest country to go to the ballot box on EU-related matters as Dutch citizens voted in a referendum on a proposed trade de(...)

Russian  president Vladimir Putin broadcasts a speech to Moscow’s Red Square during Friday’s  festive concert marking the second anniversary of the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

The European Union has urged more states to impose sanctions on Russia for seizing Crimea from Ukraine, as Russian president Vladimir Putin visited th(...)

EU high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini is pushing for a general discussion on the EU’s sanctions policy. Photograph: Getty Images

The announcement by Russia that it would withdraw troops from Syria was almost as surprising as its original decision six months ago to intervene in t(...)

A protester smashing a statue in Kiev back in December 2013. Photograph: Anatoli Boiko/AFP/Getty

In the end, no one tried to save Iron Felix. The head and shoulders of a statue to Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of the Bolshevik secret police that bec(...)

A ceremony in Lviv to remember people who were killed in the city during protests in 2014. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

For centuries Lviv was a great city of Poland and the Habsburg Empire. Today it remains a quintessentially central European place, from its ramshackle(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin  with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/AFP/Getty Images

When Vladimir Putin went to the rescue of the embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and ordered Russian air strikes on Syria last autumn, defenc(...)