Darina Allen Runs the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School in east Cork and leads the Slow Food Movement in Ireland In 1983, Allen opened a co(...)

“I felt beyond privileged to be experiencing something I didn’t even know existed.” Elena Narinskaya in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Being able to speak Russian only was never enough for Elena Narinskaya. Even after learning English at school, the Russian academic felt a desire to (...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the pause in the fighting was largely holding, despite some incidents that he hoped would be contained. Photograph: Sandro Campardo/EPA

A senior official from Syria’s main opposition group said yesterday the first major attempt to halt the fighting after nearly five years of war was in(...)

A Russian police officer stands at the site where a woman suspected of murdering a young child was arrested on Monday.  Russian investigators said they had arrested a nanny and charged her with murdering a young child in her care. Photograph: Reuters

Russian police arrested a woman on suspicion of murder after she was found brandishing the severed head of a child outside a Moscow metro station on M(...)

People participate with a banner ‘Russia will be free’ during a memorial march for Boris Nemtsov to mark in Moscow on Saturday to mark the  first anniversary of his murder. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Saturday to honour Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was assassinated a year ago (...)

Boris Nemtsov speaking during a protest rally in Moscow in June 2011. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

On the bridge in Moscow where Boris Nemtsov was assassinated aone year ago, a group of volunteers holds a constant vigil guarding both the memory of t(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has pledged to do “whatever is necessary” to carry out the ceasefire and the “complicated” process of negotiating peace. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin.

Russian warplanes pounded insurgent-held areas across Syria yesterday ahead of the midnight cessation of hostilities agreed by the Syrian government (...)

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(...)

A man mourns as the bodies of his son and grandchildren, reportedly killed in an air strike, are placed in an ambulance in the rebel-held city of Douma, Syria, on Friday. Photograph:  Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images

Heavy air strikes were reported to have hit rebel-held areas near Damascus as fighting raged across much of western Syria on Friday, hours before a U(...)

A Syrian man walks past a poster bearing a portrait of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on a street in the capital Damascus.   Opponents of Mr Assad expect the government to ignore the planned truce starting on Saturday. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Russian warplanes bombed Syrian rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria and government forces pounded a suburb of the capital on Thursday, ahead of a (...)