Wikileaks founder Julian Assange squints in the sunlight as he prepares to speak from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel rule(...)

The premier of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, speaking during a press conference at the Bavarian representation in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Rainer Jensen

Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer has caused alarm and annoyance in Berlin by meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow, amid growing tensi(...)

Former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who has condemned as ‘incitement to murder’ a video posted by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov showng him in the cross-hairs of a sniper’s rifle. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

One of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s most loyal allies has stirred fear among Kremlin critics by releasing a video showing opposition leader Mik(...)

A protest outside the national television building  in Chisinau, Moldova, against the new government headed by pro-European  Pavel Filip. Photograph:  Dumitru Doru/EPA

Opposition leaders in Moldova vowed to continue street protests until the controversial new government resigns and snap elections are called. Thousa(...)

British  prime minister David Cameron   with Russian  president Vladimir Putin   in  2014: “We are not facing a cold war but we are definitely facing an entrenched position from both sides,” Dr Jonathan Eyal, international director at the Royal United Services Institute has said. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

The revelations of the Litvinenko inquiry will be “potentially very damaging” for relationships between Britain and Russia and make any chance of “bu(...)

British home secretary Theresa May: she  announced a freeze on the UK assets of Andrei Kovtun and Dmitry Lugovoy, who is now a Russian member of parliament, after a judge said there was “no doubt” they poisoned Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. Photograph: PA Wire

David Cameron has promised tougher action against Russia after a public inquiry found that President Vladimir Putin probably ordered the murder of fo(...)

 Alexander Litvinenko in  2006: Forensic tests  uncovered a trail of  polonium-210 –  which is used in Russia’s nuclear industry –  following the movements of Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, allowing Robert Owen  to declare in his report that he was “sure” the two men administered the poison that killed Litvinenko. Photograph: PA

As Alexander Litvinenko lay dying in a London hospital in November 2006, neither he nor his doctors understood the nature of his illness. But the form(...)

Marina Litvinenko, widow of murdered ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, and Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photographs: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images and Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Image

Russian president Vladimir Putin probably approved a Russian intelligence operation to murder ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, a British inquiry in (...)

Former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko  died of polonium-210 poisoning in 2006. Photograph: PA

A leading Russian official implicated in the radioactive poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko has denied any involvement in the crime, calling the inquir(...)

Nikola Gruevski, a conservative who has ruled for almost a decade, announcing his resignation. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Macedonia’s prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, offered his resignation on Friday as part of a western-brokered deal to end the Balkan state’s rumbling p(...)