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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was named Kazakhstan’s interim president   after the surprise resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev after 30 years. Photograph: AP

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as interim president of Kazakhstan on Wednesday as the former Soviet central Asian nation prepared to celebrate the(...)

Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev waves to audience during a rally in  April, 2015. File photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, announced his resignation on Tuesday saying the oil-rich central Asian nation he has ruled for 30 y(...)

Kellie Harrington holds her award for  The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year  2018. ‘Medals mean nothing to me. I’m just happy about the place I’m in right now, of how happy my family are, the person I’ve become.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kellie Harrington remembers how it broke in Astana in 2016. Canadian Sara Kali was between her and a world light-welterweight final. After the first-r(...)

A banner depicting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Douma: Unless Syria recovers, millions of Syrian refugees will stay in host countries. Photograph: Marko Djurica

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have begun to normalise relations with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with the aim of reducing Iran(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following their talks in Sochi on Monday.  Turkish-US relations have soured, encouraging Moscow to establish a bilateral regional strategic alliance.  Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via Reuters

The decision by Russia and Turkey to establish a demilitarised zone around Syrian’s Idlib province to avert a Syrian army offensive to recapture the j(...)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said the upcoming summit in Tehran would yeild positive results. File photograph: Vyacheslav Oseledko/ AFP/Getty Images

An attack on Syria’s Idlib, a rebel-held enclave, would be a massacre and the upcoming summit in Tehran, which will be attended by Iran, Russia and Tu(...)

Cork City will take on Legia Warsaw of Poland in the Champions League first qualifying round. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Cork City will face Legia Warsaw in the Champions League first qualifying round after the draw was made in Nyon on Tuesday morning. John Caulfield’s (...)

 Sam Bennett  crosses the finishing line in Rome to win  the final stage of the  Giro d’Italia. Photograph:  Reuters/Alessandro Garofalo

Sam Bennett took the highest stage victory tally for an Irish rider in a single edition of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, blasting home first on the fin(...)

Syria Civil Defence members help an unconscious woman from a shelter in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria, on Thursday. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar on Thursday urged the Syrian government to halt the bombing of eastern Ghouta near Damascus as the 7t(...)

Team Sky cyclist Chris Froome smiles prior to riding the first stage of the Ruta del Sol tour. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Froome finished safely in the pack and his Team Sky team-mate Wout Poels retained the leader’s red jersey after a relatively uneventful third st(...)

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