An undated picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) from  July 2014 showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (centre) surrounded by  soldiers as he tours a front-line military detachment in the East Sea, North Korea.

North Korea said US accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander” and that it was wanted a joint invest(...)

A triple crisis has assailed Russia this week. The rouble tumbled against the dollar on international exchanges, the price of oil – its major export –(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year, a Kremlin spokesman said. Photograph: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of(...)

An employee counts Russian ruble banknotes at a private company’s office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Russia’s rouble strengthened on Friday after finance minister Anton Siluanov confirmed his ministry had sold foreign currency and on expectations that(...)

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

EU leaders have backed a plan for more punitive sanctions against Crimea, including a ban on European cruise ships docking in Sevastapol, as Russian p(...)

 Vladimir Putin:  has utterly failed to diversify Russia’s economy during 15 years in power. Photograph: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Russia’s year began with a spectacular display of sporting prowess, organisational ability and, above all, financial muscle. The Winter Olympics in So(...)

A car with a Cuban flag parked near  the Cuban Capitol in Havana. The Cuban revolution has survived through a combination of welfare provision and selective repression as the equal distribution of scarce resources meets the iron fist of state power. Photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

The sudden shift in US policy toward Cuba represents the decline of a previously unquestioned conviction – that beneath the calm surface of Cuban soci(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at his annual news conference in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA 0:58

Russian president Vladimir Putin vowed today to fix Russia’s economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-dependent economy and pe(...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton.

IDA Ireland has been expanding its overseas offices, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said.“Although IDA Ireland does (...)