File photograph of 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

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers have urged the jury in his trial to spare his life, portraying him as “a good kid” who was led down(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with the president of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev during a meeting in Saint Petersburg on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Vladimir Putin has reappeared in public after a mysterious 10-day absence that sparked frenzied speculation about the whereabouts of the Russian pres(...)

 A file photo released in  April 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The trial of Mr Tsarnaev beings on Wednesday.

Jurors in the trial of the man accused of killing three people and injuring more than 260 in two bombings near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Mara(...)

Members of the media photograph a man holding a sign reading outside the John J Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, Monday, January 5th. Photograph: EPA 1:05

The trial of a man suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013 has begun with jury selection as it emerged that prosecutors rejected a deal that (...)

This document brings our countries to a new stage of integration, says Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Kazakhstan and Belarus yesterday creating a vast trading bloc which he hopes will challenge the (...)

Louise Arbour,  head of the International Crisis Group: “You cannot enforce a no-fly zone without taking down the air defence system.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The deadlock in Syrian peace talks may yet prompt a revival of demands for a western military intervention in the conflict, a former UN High Co(...)

Former intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden (2nd L) speaks to human rights representatives in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport yesterday. Photograph: Handout via Reuters.

Russia kept former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden at arm’s length today, saying it had not been in touch with the fugitive American and had n(...)

A US military Blackhawk helicopter flies over the search area for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev in Watertown, Massachusetts, during the lockdown last Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

At 6am on Friday the phone rang. It was a message from the Boston police: “Lock your doors and stay inside.” Within minutes everyone in (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin sent military forces back into Chechnya in 1999 and, after devastating air and artillery attacks that killed tens of thousands of people, rebel control was broken. Photograph: Michel Porro/Getty Images

The young men suspected of the Boston bombings were born into a fiercely proud Chechen nation, whose identity has been shaped(...)