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A supporter of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny puts up a flier promoting a boycott of the upcoming presidential election near the entrance to a block of flats in Moscow, Russia, earlier this month. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was briefly detained on Thursday and accused of organising illegal protests, weeks before a presidential ele(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (centre) and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic (second from right) at the St Sava temple in Belgrade on Thursday. Photograph: Djordje Kojadinovic/Reuters

Serbia has told Russia it will not sacrifice the two countries’ close relations to secure European Union membership, as Moscow accused the EU and Nato(...)

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters near the city of Afrin, Syria, on Monday. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Turkey warned on Wednesday that pro-Damascus forces would face “serious consequences” for entering Syria’s Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repe(...)

Kurdish fighters flash the victory gesture as they welcome a convoy of pro-Syrian government fighters arriving in Syria’s Afrin region on Tuesday. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria’s northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising (...)

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra hugs prime minister Mark Rutte after announcing his resignation in the Dutch parliament on Tuesday. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra quit on Tuesday after admitting that he had lied about attending a meeting in 2006 at which he said Russian pres(...)

Houses in Shvut Rachel, a West Bank Jewish settlement close to the Jewish settlement of Shilo, near Ramallah. Photograph: Baz Ratner

The United States dismissed as false an Israeli assertion on Monday that the two countries were discussing the possibility of Israel annexing Jewish s(...)

Dutch minister for foreign affairs Halbe Zijlstra: opposition parties are demanding his resignation. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra admitted on Monday he had lied about hearing Russian president Vladimir Putin make comments about plans for a “g(...)

Investigators stand near wreckage on Monday of the Russian passenger plane that crashed near Moscow at the weekend. All 71 on board were killed. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Hundreds of emergency workers in Russia scoured snow-covered fields outside Moscow on Monday, collecting body fragments and clues after a plane crash (...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny: is out undermine the  legitimacy of the upcoming election, which Putin is certain to win. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

When Alexei Navalny greeted viewers on his YouTube channel, broadcast this week, the Russian anti-corruption crusader and staunch Kremlin foe joked – (...)

An injured child receives first aid in hospital after a bombing in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, on Thursday. Mohammed Badra/EPA

France urged Russia to make Syria’s government ease a dire humanitarian crisis in two rebel-held areas as more air strikes pounded them on Friday, ad(...)

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