Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans: Russian law promoted ‘a climate of homophobia”, which would “stigmatise” LGBT individuals and inevitably lead to discrimination against them. Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

The Dutch government is to make it substantially easier for gay people in Russian to apply for political asylum in the Netherlands, warning that th(...)

A Russian fan reacts as her team lose out 3-1 to Finland in yesterday’s quarter-final game in the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Douse the torch, crack the ice, melt the snow. Just like that, Sochi 2014 is over. The Russian ice hockey team are gone and with them goes the (...)

David Cameron: likely to come under pressure at today’s G8 Summit over 
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 newspaper revelations about British spying activities four years ago. Photograph:   Suzanne Plunkett

British prime minister David Cameron will face embarrassing questions on the opening day of the G8 summit today after reports that British spies inter(...)