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Russia’s performance at their own Winter Olympics in Sochi has been tainted by the doping scandal. Photograph:   Lionel Bonaventure/Pool/Getty Images

A top Russian Olympic official has said Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower who alleged the country ran a systematic doping programme, should be exe(...)

While sceptics have called bitcoin’s rapid advance a bubble, it has become too big an asset for many financial firms to ignore.

UBS, the world’s largest wealth manager, isn’t prepared to make portfolio allocations to bitcoin because of a lack of government oversight, the bank’s(...)

Presidential candidate Vaclav Havel waves to his supporters from a balcony in Prague in this December 19th, 1989 file photo. Havel, a dissident playwright who was jailed by the communists and then went on to lead the bloodless Velvet Revolution and become Czech president, died at 75 on December 18th, 2011. File photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Tens of thousands of Czechs are expected to rally in Prague and other cities on Friday to commemorate the 1989 Velvet Revolution, and to warn that pop(...)

 White House senior adviser Jared Kushner remains a person of interest to  investigations related to Russia links by special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees, according to a source with knowledge of the inquiries. File photograph:  Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images

A lawyer for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner failed to give the US Senate Judiciary Committee documents Mr Kushne(...)

Susanna Ceccardi of the right-wing Northern League, who is mayor of Cascina, in Tuscany. “I think that regulating immigration is a moderate position,” she says. Photograph: Facebook

In September 1944 African-American soldiers from the US Army’s “Buffalo” division helped liberate Cascina from German forces retreating north into the(...)

US president Donald Trump boards Air Force One to return home from the  Philippines: takes a transactional, deal-making approach to policy, whatever the moral or ethical costs.  Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

US president Donald Trump returns to the United States on Tuesday at the end of the second major foreign trip of his presidency. In many ways, the 1(...)

US attorney general Jeff Sessions pauses as he testifies before a House Judiciary Committee. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US attorney general Jeff Sessions has denied misleading the US Senate over his knowledge of contacts between the Trump campaign team and Russia during(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman exercises with 35kg weight made from 120mm mortars, not far of the crisis front line in Vodyane village of Donetsk area, in October.  Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Russia and the United States appear to be a long way from agreeing to send international peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine, after their latest round of(...)

Tsar Nicholas II blessing his troops. File photograph: Getty Images

The Russian October Revolution in 1917 took place in November of that year. The apparent contradiction lies in a difference of calendar systems – the (...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit gala dinner in Manila. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

For the last week on the road, US president Donald Trump had been measured, disciplined and studiously scripted as he picked his way through the geopo(...)

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