Former German striker Oliver Bierhoff shows the name of Wales during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Wales?” George Hamilton’s exclamation was disbelieving, as though a little part of him suspected Oliver Bierhoff and Jérôme Valcke were playing some (...)

Preparations for the preliminary draw for 2018. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

It’s not hard to imagine what the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad depicted in the monument on St Petersburg’s Victory Square would make of the fact t(...)

Members of a historical military club participate in the re-enactment of the Battle of Tannenberg – an engagement between the Russian and the German empires in the first days of the first World War – in Szkotowo, northern Poland. Photograph: Tomasz Waszczuk/EPA

Mobilisation in the Capital Yesterday was the second day of the mobilisation and, like the first, it passed in an orderly way . . . From 6am (...)

US president Barack Obama attends the second working meeting of the G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organisations at the G20 summit yesterday. World leaders  sought to contain tensions over the global economy. Photograph:  Grigoriy Sisoev/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images

World leaders yesterday sought to contain tensions over the global economy, as advanced economies agreed to carefully manage the wind-down of its mass(...)