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George and Mary Sugrue are the husband-and-wife team behind the Chernobyl Children International Dental Programme, and have also volunteered with Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International for over two decades. File photograph: Volunteerkerry.ie

A Co Kerry couple who bought an ambulance so they could bring dental and medical equipment to disabled children in Belarus have been given the honorar(...)

North Korean soldiers watch a fireworks display to celebrate the North’s declaration on November 29th it had achieved full nuclear statehood. Photograph:  Kim Won-Jin/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea can indeed reach Washington with its latest ballistic missile, but it still needs to develop critical technology to deliver a nuclear warh(...)

The new regime in Luhansk took power amid a flurry of fatal clashes between Russian-controlled militia and government troops. Photograph: Reuters

The eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk has a new separatist leader following an armed standoff between local warlords, amid a flurry of fatal clashes(...)

Shells explode during the joint Russia-Belarus strategic military exercises Zapad in Belarus. Photograph: Tatiana Zenkovich

Russia’s “Zapad” war games have come under further scrutiny after its military admitted that a helicopter had accidentally fired on bystanders, and se(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin watches the Zapad-2017 war games with minister for defence Sergei Shoigu (left) and chief of the general staff of Russian armed forces Valery Gerasimov (second right) in Leningrad, Russia. Photograph:  Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin watched his country’s military take part in the major “Zapad” war games on Monday, amid continuing concern from Nato (...)

 Brussels’ new   site aimed at countering Russian propaganda – “EU vs disinfo”, euvsdisinfo.eu – makes for compulsive reading, documenting the more far-flung claims – 3,000 in the last year – and tracking their emergence

The Danes, if one is to believe the story, are opening brothels for zoophiles. They – the zoophiles, not the Danes – are people with a sexual fixation(...)

Opposition supporters and one of the Belarusian opposition leaders Vladimir Nekliaev take part in a rally during a protest against the upcoming Zapad military exercises in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Russian military jets and helicopters have landed in neighbouring Belarus ahead of Thursday’s start of major war games that are unnerving nearby Nato (...)

Pavlo Hryb: vanished during a day trip to Belarus last month and resurfaced in a Russian jail facing terrorism charges.

Ukraine has demanded the immediate release of a teenage blogger who vanished during a day trip to Belarus last month and resurfaced in a Russian jail (...)

Russian deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin  at a briefing in Moscow on Tuesday on the military exercise Zapad-2017. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Nato has requested more access for its observers to major Russian-led war games next month, as the alliance’s four new battle groups in the Baltic reg(...)

Ukrainian soldiers training under the guidance of US and Canadian instructors at the Yavoriv base in western Ukraine. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Cradling Kalashnikovs and moving in a fast, low crouch, four Ukrainian soldiers hunt an imaginary enemy through rooms marked out in tape on the parche(...)

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