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Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas were arrested by the FBI last Wednesday evening at Dulles International Airport in Washington. Photograph: Alexandria sheriff’s office/New York Times

By the time Lev Parnas asked Michael Pues for another $350,000 to salvage a film project that was supposed to include actor Jack Nicholson, Pues was a(...)

Dundalk woman Lisa Smith. File photograph: BBC screengrab

The Garda has confirmed Dundalk woman Lisa Smith is under criminal investigation for terrorist offences and will be questioned if she returns to Irela(...)

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy (R) greets Ukrainian prisoners freed by Russia upon their arrival at Boryspil airport outside Kiev on September 7th. Photograph: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

Kiev and Moscow have laid out their positions ahead of a possible peace summit, as western powers back a push by Ukraine’s new leader to end its five-(...)

Newly released Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov hugs his daughter Alina after he disembarked from a plane in Kiev  at the weekend. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Russia and Ukraine have hailed the exchange of 70 prisoners as a step towards the possible resolution of their five-year conflict, as France said it w(...)

 Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy at an emergency military meeting in  Kiev: seeking an end to the five-year war in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Presidential Press Service/EPA

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called for urgent talks with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France to try to end the five-year war in (...)

World champion canoeist Jenny Egan was one of the speakers at the Sport Ireland event. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Recent Wimbledon finalist (and seven-time champion) Serena Williams’ frank comments about the perception of women in sports sum up what many female at(...)

Northern Ireland’s  Jonny Evans and manager Michael O’Neill at a press conference in  Minsk, Belarus. Photograph:   Presseye/William Cherry/Inpho

Michael O’Neill wants his Northern Ireland side to pile the pressure on the Netherlands by beating Belarus in Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Borisov(...)

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker:  “We are ready for talks with Russia . . . but, first of all, we must be able to defend ourselves and become strong economically, politically and militarily.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir

Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said his country is committed to integration with the West and ready for peace talks with Russia, as(...)

Przewalski Horses in the ‘death zone’ around Chernobyl  in wintertime. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

It is 5.30am in southern Belarus. A pink moon hangs over flat fields tinged with frost, and as we arrive at the checkpoint on the edge of the Chernoby(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini:  said ministers had made it clear that the International Atomic Energy Agency was the only body that could legitimately verify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal. Photograph: EPA

The US needs to exercise “maximum restraint” to avoid escalating its dispute with Iran over the nuclear deal, EU foreign ministers in Brussels  t(...)

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