What the victims of a long series of Russian political assassinations, journalists, political/human rights activists, a former secret service agent ..(...)

The Irish Aviation Authority said the Russian planes were monitored off the west-south/east coast from about 3.00pm to 7.00pm. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two Russian military aircraft entered Irish-controlled airspace on Wednesday, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has confirmed.The planes were monitor(...)

David Cameron: despite all  the British rhetoric, it has just three soldiers in Iraq’s Kurdish regions and just eight RAF Tornados deployed against Islamic State – only two of which are able to fly at any one time. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The cancellation filled only a couple of paragraphs in the morning papers last week: “France’s foreign minister cancels London visit due to Ukraine ta(...)

Marina Litvinenko, the wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko who was murdered in London in 2006, wipes away a tear during an interview in London on January 21st. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Thousands of people were put at risk from radioactivity when Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned, a public inquiry has heard.Counsel to the (...)

Shashi Tharoor (right) with his bride Sunanda Pushkar. According to police forensic evidence indicated that Ms Pushkar, who was Mr Tharoor’s third wife, had been poisoned. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The wife of a former Indian federal minister and UN diplomat was murdered and did not take her own life as earlier suspected, police said in New Delhi(...)

Marina Litvinenko, wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, at a press conference in London yesterday: “I am relieved and delighted with this decision. Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

The fatal poisoning in London of a former KGB agent who had become a public critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin is to be investigated by a publ(...)

The British government is expected to announce today that a public inquiry will be held into the death of poisoned ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.  Photograph: PA.

The British government has announce today that a public inquiry will be held into the death of poisoned ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. Mystery h(...)

No smoking gun

Cui bono? Who benefited from the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat ? With the publication of the report of a group of Swiss scientists which “moderately sup(...)

Director of Lausanne University Hospital’s forenics centre Patrice Magnin (right) and director of its Institute of Radiation Physics Francois Bochud (centre) speak during a news conference in Lausanne yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

The remains of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat showed test results consistent with polonium poisoning and should lead to a judicial investigation eve(...)

Yasser Arafat pictured in 1994. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah.

Palestinians have blamed Israel for the death of Yasser Arafat after Swiss forensic tests confirmed that he was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioac(...)