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A Curaleaf store in New York. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A former Credit Suisse banker best known for his role in privatising Russian state assets after the fall of communism is capitalizing on another trans(...)

Salisbury Novichok poisoning suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov: accused with the attempted murder of the Skripals as well as the murder of Dawn Sturgess. Photograph:  Metropolitan Police

Russian state media published 138 contradictory accounts of the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal last year, a new report has f(...)

People attend a protest rally in reaction to the murder of Slovak investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photograph: Reuters/Radovan Stoklasa

Martina Kusnirova planned to marry investigative journalist Jan Kuciak this weekend in her hometown in northeastern Slovakia, but instead Gregorovce w(...)

Tech companies have focused on clamping down on politically motivated disinformation. Facebook has a label for “disputed” stories and has introduced some independent fact-checking processes.  Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty

Is Ireland ready for its first post-truth referendum campaign? In the 20 months since this country’s last election, democracies around the world have (...)

Twitter has banned advertisements from accounts owned by Russian media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik. File photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Twitter has banned advertising from two Russian media companies, Russia Today and Sputnik, citing claims from the US intelligence community that they (...)

Ana Brnabic, who has been nominated as Serbia’s new prime minister.  She would be the first woman to run Serbia and the region’s first openly gay leader. Photograph:  Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

The macho world of Balkan politics looks set to be shaken up by Ana Brnabic, an openly gay woman who has been nominated as Serbia’s new prime ministe(...)