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Members of the local election commission count ballots at a polling station in Podolsk outside Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Russia’s ruling United Russia party is on course to secure a comfortable victory in a three-day parliamentary election despite losing some ground to i(...)

Vladimir Putin’s government has ratcheted up pressure on social media due to posts that promoted protests over the jailing of opposition leader Alexey Navalny earlier this year. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP

Russia backed off a threat to block Twitter, saying the social media platform has sped up efforts to remove content that local regulators deemed illeg(...)

Signal was downloaded 8.8 million times worldwide in the week after the WhatsApp changes were first announced on January 4th. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Facebook is scrambling to deal with a sudden competitive threat to its messaging platform WhatsApp after a change to its terms of service sparked priv(...)

Keywords Studios chief executive Andrew Day said GetSocial would  bring to Keywords “a leading-edge capability built around the social interactions of players in games”.

Irish-headquartered video gaming group Keywords Studios has acquired Dutch company GetSocial for an undisclosed sum. GetSocial is a cloud-based softw(...)

A protest rally in Moscow against a court decision to block the Telegram messenger service because it violated Russian regulations, on Monday. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

With less than a week to go until Vladimir Putin is sworn in for a fourth term as Russia’s leader, the Kremlin wants to avoid a repeat of the massive (...)

Telegram allows users to exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000 people and has more than  200 million followers.  Photograph: EPA

A court in Moscow issued a ban on Telegram on Friday after the online messaging service refused to hand Russian secret services access to its users’ e(...)

 Lu Wei, China’s former chief internet censor, who  is being investigated for corruption. Photograph: Larry Leung/EPA

China’s former chief internet censor Lu Wei is being investigated for graft, the Communist Party said, becoming the latest high-profile victim of the (...)

Mohamed Merah (left) who murdered three French Muslim soldiers and four people from a Jewish school, including three children, in 2012 and Olivier Corel, the so-called “white imam” who received some of the most lethal jihadists.

Farouk Ben Abbes returned to his home in Toulouse this week.  Since the November 13th, 2015, attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, the Belgia(...)

An image taken from video shows Abdel Malik Petitjean and Adel Kermiche, the men behind the church attack in Normandy. Petitjean exhorted Muslims ‘brothers’ to ‘strike this country’. Photograph: Handout via Reuters

Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean, the 19-year-olds who slit the throat of Fr Jacques Hamel (86) while he celebrated Mass last Tuesday, first co(...)

The Facebook effect: rival messenger app Telegram claims a surge of popularity in the wake of Facebook’s deal to buy WhatsApp. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

After Facebook announced last week that it would buying WhatsApp for $19 billion, a competing messaging application backed by Pavel Durov, crea(...)