Monte Carlo, “a sunny place for shady people”: interventions on behalf of the wealthy and privileged are becoming more and more confident

Democracy is born free but everywhere in chains, as Rousseau nearly said. In truth all democracies are creatures of past struggles, amalgams of old po(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has repeatedly vowed to defend people who feel Russian across the former Soviet Union and especially in Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Moscow has vowed to respond to alleged artillery fire from Ukraine that it claims killed a Russian man near the countries’ border, warning Kiev tha(...)

Jeffrey Fowle is being investigated for committing acts inconsistent with the purpose of a tourist visit, according to North Korea’s state media. Photograph: Reuters/City of Moraine (handout)

North Korea is preparing to charge two American detainees for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against the country.Investigations into Amer(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 73th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Kremlin walls in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Alexey Druzhinin/Ria Novosti

Vladimir Putin has called on both sides in eastern Ukraine to lay down their arms and compromise, giving his strongest backing yet for the peace plan (...)

A boy plays with toys at a temporary tent camp set up for Ukrainian refugees from Donetsk, in Russia’s Rostov region near the Russian-Ukrainian border. Photograph: Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed today artillery was used in overnight clashes in eastern Ukraine and urged Kiev to cease fighting and begin d(...)

Fine Gael’s Michael D’Arcy and Labour Senator Susan O’Keeffe have been added to the banking inquiry committee. 1:25

The Government has forced through changes in the Seanad  yesterday, reestablishing its majority in the Oireachtas Joint Committee of Inquiry i(...)

What the first World War had not done, the Great Depression, Nazism and the second World War did. By the time of D-Day the world economy had disintegrated. Photograph: EPA/Jamie Peters

This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War, the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 25th anniversaries of the collapse of th(...)

US president Barack Obama and Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski at a press conference in the Belweder Palace in Warsaw yesterday. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama has promised a greater US military presence in Poland and neighbouring Nato allies over concerns at their exposure to Russi(...)

Andrei Mironov: “A man of crystal clear conscience has died.”

Andrei Mironov, who was killed at the age of 60 in a mortar attack near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine a week ago was a journalist, translator and one o(...)

This document brings our countries to a new stage of integration, says Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Kazakhstan and Belarus yesterday creating a vast trading bloc which he hopes will challenge the (...)