The third stage of the rocket carrying the MexSat-1 communications satellite suffered a problem about 500 seconds after launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photograph EPA/Roscosmos/Handout

A Proton-M carrier rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned and crashed in Siberia soon after launch on Saturday, the latest in a series of m(...)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of 30 federal charges relating to the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon finishing line in 2013. Tsarnaev’s lawyers have urged the jury in the case not to grant him the death penalty. Photograph: FBI handout/Reuters

Lawyers seeking to spare convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty called witnesses on Wednesday who described his volunteer w(...)

Hillary  Clinton speaks at the sixth annual Women in the World Summit in New York on  April 23. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

It is hardly Machiavellian to state that the strongest political candidate draws the fiercest attacks. The salvos being fired at 2016 presidential con(...)

The ninth-century Tatev Monastry, an icon of the ancient Armenian Apostolic Church, reached by the world’s longest aerial tramway. Photograph: Hayk Melkonyan

“Whole generations have been lost. We are left without children and it means we are left without a future.” I remember those words vividly. They were (...)

Maxim Iglinskiy of Astana, who tested positive for EPO. Photoraph: Michel Krakowski/AFP/Getty Images

There often comes a moment in any wordy or indeed worthy interview when the subject suddenly shifts uneasily in his seat and points towards the small (...)

The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft launches to the International Space Station with Expedition 43 Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).Photograph: Bill Ingalls/Nasa via Getty Images

A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, sending a US-Russia crew to the International Space Station (...)

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly prepares before the launch of the Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station ISS in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, sending a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts on their wa(...)

‘None of these criticisms is likely to dent Blair’s belief in his own righteousness. He is doubtless buoyed by regular, gushes of praise for his involvement in the making of the Belfast Agreement.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tony Blair is set to step down as Middle East “peace envoy” for the Quartet – the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States. He(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin looks on during a news conference in Budapest, Hungary, last month. When asked on Thursday if Mr  Putin is healthy, a Kremlin spokesman replied ‘Yes.’ Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that president Vladimir Putin is in good health, but could not say when he would next appear in publi(...)

An artist’s impression of the Al-Wakrah stadium complex. Photograph: Getty Images 1:42

Meals for about 270 migrant workers, mostly from India and the Philippines, were cancelled by a catering and labour camp operator in Qatar because of (...)