The British establishment failed to grasp the nature of Russia’s transformation under Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky

Negligence. Greed. Fear of damaging relationships. Over-stretched spy agencies. A simple lack of curiosity. These were among the reasons that success(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks with Russian president Vladimir Putin during the International Libya Conference in Berlin in January. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/ EPA/ Sputnik/ Kremlin

Boris Johnson’s 10-month delay in releasing the Russia report from Westminster’s intelligence and security committee led many to expect a smoking gun (...)

The Israeli right believes it must seize the moment presented by a US president who broke with decades of US policy on the Middle East. File photograph: Getty Images

Even allowing for the upheaval wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced governments and their citizens to turn their gaze inward, a plan to (...)

Ponder High School graduates sit in chairs six feet apart for their  their graduation ceremony at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday. Photograph: Tony Gutierrez/AP

Donald Trump has doubled down on his calls for the US to accelerate the reopening of its economy, as he suggested that next month’s G7 summit could ta(...)

 File image of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. File photograph: Ronen Zvulun/AFP via Getty Images

The EU is calculating its strategy on how to respond to a new Israeli government it fears may move to annex territory in the occupied West Bank, ignit(...)

 Florence Nightingale: born on May 12th, 1820.  Photograph: Getty Images

Of the 110,000 British soldiers who took part in the Crimean War between October 1853 and February 1856, about 2,700 were killed in battle, 2,000 othe(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Covid-19 crisis has derailed a national vote  that would allow him to extend his rule beyond 2024.  Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik

Vladimir Putin has backed calls to begin easing a national lockdown despite a steady growth in Covid-19 cases, as a poll showed the pandemic has drive(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting  via a video link in Moscow on  April 29th. Photograph: Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters

The May 9th military parade was to have been an event of pure pomp and spectacle: a moment for Vladimir Putin to stand in the centre of Moscow’s Red S(...)

One of the Russian Tupolev TU-95 Bear bombers that entered international airspace controlled by the Irish Aviation Authority off Ireland’s west coast.

Russia is flying bombers into Irish-controlled airspace to test response times by the RAF and other Nato airforces and to “map” radar coverage, accord(...)

A  piece of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  in a field in Donetsk: the jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17th, 2014, was blown out of the sky.  Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Four men, three of them with alleged links to Russia’s security services, are to be tried in their absence in connection with the shooting-down of Mal(...)

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