A file photograph of Riham Dawabsha with her husband  Saad and son Ali. Riham has died from her injuries after their home was fire-bombed in July. Ali and Saad also died. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

The mother of Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha, who was killed when suspected Jewish extremists firebombed his house, has died from injuries sust(...)

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli security forces on July 31 near the Jalazoun Palestinian refugee camp. Photograph: Abbas Momaniabbas/AFP

A Palestinian youth died on Saturday at a West Bank hospital following a clash with Israeli troops near Ramallah, Palestinian hospital officials said.(...)

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts on Wednesday during his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

A Detective Garda has denied a suggestion he was so convinced Ian Bailey had murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier he was “scratching around” for any evi(...)

An employee uses a machine while counting Russian ruble banknotes at a private company’s office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia

Russian banks could get a capital boost of up to 1 trillion roubles ($17 billion) under a new law being prepared by the government to support a sector(...)

Cossack charge at Gumbinnen, August 20th, 1914: A depiction of an eastern front battle between the German and Russian armies at Gumbinnen, East Prussia, now Gusev in Russia. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty Images
Ill-placed family trust

It was a nice day, slightly lifting his spirits. Nicholas II lunched with his two younger daughters before setting out by carriage for the Winter Pala(...)

Pro-Russian activists storm the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. Hundreds of pro-Russian separatists stormed the headquarters today, gaining access by breaking windows and facing no resistance from police. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Pro-Russian demonstrators demanding more power for Ukraine’s regions have stormed the regional administration building in Luhansk, one of the l(...)

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

He has been called a buffoon, a madman and a Kremlin stooge. In the dour ranks of Russia’s political establishment, Vladimir Zhirinovsky has st(...)

Speaker of the Russian State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament house, Sergei Naryshkin (2nd R) shakes hands with leaders of the Crimean parliamentary delegation speaker Vladimir Konstantinov (2nd L), prime minister Sergei Aksyonov (L) and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaliy during a meeting in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters.

Russia’s lower house of parliament has overwhelmingly approved a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine, leaving just one legal obstacle for the (...)

A woman holds a poster depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin during a recent protest at the Russian embassy in Madrid against Russia’s new law that bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”. Photograph: Paul White/AP

A bill to remove parental rights from gays and lesbians who have children has been introduced in the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament. (...)

Children, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, breathe through oxygen masks in the Damascus suburb of Saqba. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

The areas targeted in a suspected chemical attack on Wednesday morning have been thorns in the side of the Syrian regime since the first protests brok(...)