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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(...)

“Annoyed but calm, the plant’s deputy chief Anatoly Dyatlov (Paul Ritter) orders that water be used to quench the reactor core. The problem, as his subordinates try to explain, is that there is no reactor core. It has exploded.”

One of the most sinister sights in Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic, Tuesday, 9pm), a new five-part miniseries about the 1986 nuclear disaster, is unsettlingly(...)

Chernobyl: in the 30km off-limit zone, liquidators measure radiation levels in the aftermath of the disaster. Photograph: Getty

A new TV drama revisits the Soviet nuclear meltdown of 1986, when fallout and fake news threatened to poison Europe Sinking through the screen int(...)

Chernobyl drama: Irish actor Jessie Buckley portrays Lyudmilla Ignatenko, whose husband Vasily was one of the first firefighters on the scene of the 1986 disaster

A new five-part miniseries dramatising the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion will bring “fresh eyes” to the disaster and its subsequent cover-up, Chern(...)

US president Donald Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. Amid a barrage of invitations to Trump associates  from Russians claiming connections to Vladimir Putin during the 2016 election, Kushner urged caution. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

It was late 2015, and the Trump Organization had just signed a letter of intent to fulfil its longstanding ambition of developing a tower in Moscow. L(...)

Locals pray next to the line of wooden crosses marking the Soviet-era mass grave site in Kuropaty, close to the Belarus capital of Minsk. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP

A court in Belarus jailed a prominent opposition leader on Tuesday for organising a protest against the demolition of a memorial to victims of Josef S(...)

The PSNI said on Wednesday it is carrying out inquiries into the 20 second video which is believed to have been filmed in a bar in Belfast. Photograph: iStock

The behaviour of some people singing anti-Catholic songs was totally uncharacteristic of where Northern Ireland football is at the moment, the head of(...)

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(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) rides a horse as he visits the 1st Operational Police Regiment of the Russian interior ministry’s Moscow branch at an invitation of female officers of equestrian and tourist police in Moscow on Thursday.  Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

It’s one thing to fancy yourself as a potential successor to Vladimir Putin, but another to talk about it in public. Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s youthfu(...)

Cigarette smuggling has escalated in recent years. File Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Revenue Commissioner inspectors have seized cigarettes worth more than €1 million in Dublin Port. Two million cigarettes were seized when customs of(...)

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