David Greenglass, second  left, is led into the federal courthouse in New York by US deputy marshall Eugene Fitzgerald for sentencing as a spy in 1951. Photograph: AP

It was the most notorious spy case of the Cold War – the conviction and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for passing atomic secrets to the Sovi(...)

A man looks through the glass door at the entrance of a closed branch of McDonald’s in Moscow today. Russia’s consumer watchdog ordered four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow to be temporarily closed, alleging the US fast food chain had violated sanitary rules. The news raised fears of a fresh round of sanctions against western businesses. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Russia said today it was investigating dozens of McDonald’s restaurants, in what many business people said was retaliation for Western sanctions ov(...)

Eduard Shevardnadze, who has died aged 86, was Mikhail Gorbachev’s foreign minister from 1985 onwards and played a key part in guiding Russia towards (...)

Protesters rest in Kiev’s City Hall, having occupied the building, on Thursday.  Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

As snow dusts the crowd on Kiev’s Independence Square, songs and jokes from the stage leaven demands for president Viktor Yanukovich and his governmen(...)

A woman walks past an election poster of presidential candidate Georgy Margvelashvili in Tbilisi. Mr Margvelashvili is expected to win this weekend’s election. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

As Georgia prepares to hold a presidential election tomorrow, most of the chatter in Tbilisi is not about who will win, but whether Mikheil Saakashvi(...)

Vincent Dowling: credited with launching Tom Hanks’s career, having directed him in a student production at California State University. Photograph: Tony Gavin

The actor and director Vincent Dowling came to national prominence as “Christy” in the long-running Raidió Éireann soap (...)