Dubliner Mark Walsh: “My break came when I was asked to work on a documentary about Salman Rushdie”

In the mid-1980s, Dubliner Mark Walsh, following college, was “attracted to the louche cosmopolitanism of West Berlin”, preferring to live “on a wa(...)

Derbent fortress in Dagestan, southern Russia. It was originally built by Persian rulers in the sixth Century. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Russia is famed for leaving the curious with more questions than answers, and the country’s most ancient city is among its most intriguing riddles.(...)

April fool’s day has rolled around for another year, bringing with it the usual super-funny-ha-didn’t-mean-it announcements from brands

April fool’s day has rolled around again, bringing with it the usual super-funny-ha-didn’t-mean-it “pranks”. Here are some of the fools of April 2015:(...)

Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings of last April 15. Photograph: AP Photos/Lowell Sun and FBI

Russia withheld information from US law enforcement officials on one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that could(...)

A woman visits a cemetery outside Makhachkala, capital of the violent North Caucasus region of Dagestan,  where a number of Islamic militants killed by security forces are buried.   Photograph: Ilyas Hajji/Reuters

Russian police killed the main suspected organiser of last month’s bombing of a bus in Volgograd and several other suspected militants in Dagestan to(...)

Shane Smith: “I’m very excited to be back in Dublin and want to visit old haunts.”

Shane Smith used to work in the Baggot Inn in Dublin. Now he is worth $400 million (€290 million), has a pub in London, a loft in New York and a mount(...)

Russian police detain migrant workers during a raid at a vegetable warehouse complex in the Biryulyovo district of Moscow on Monday. Photograph: Ivan Stolpnikov/Reuters

Russian officials are calling for calm after simmering tension between Muscovites and migrant workers from the Caucasus and central Asia exploded i(...)

In government headquarters in the republic of Dagestan, the epicentre of Russia’s fight with Islamic extremism, spokesman Albert Gasanov cheerfully un(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin gestures as he walks by US president Barack Obama
, front row second right, as he takes his place at a group photo outside of the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. World leaders are discussing Syria’s civil war at the summit but look no closer to agreeing on international military intervention to stop it. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
 at the G20 meeting in Russia.

Russia is pursuing its own national interests in Syria and the most pressing of these is the fear that a rebel success could lead to further destabili(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.  Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

In a further boost to its support of President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has announced it is continuing to supply weaponry to Syrian government forces. (...)