Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko and   prime minister Vladimir Putin (right).

Russia’s minister of sports, Vitaly Mutko, said on Thursday that foreign athletes travelling to Russia for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi would be expect(...)

Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former US security contractor, has sought asylum in a host of countries, including Ireland, according to the anti-secrecy group Wiklileaks. Photograph: REUTERS/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/The Guardian.

Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former US security contractor, has sought asylum in a host of countries, including Ireland, according to the anti-secr(...)