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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(...)

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(...)

‘Wexford Festival Opera has long traded on its political nous and influence in the corridors of power.’

Silence is golden. But not when you’re an Arts Council client waiting to hear about your annual grant.  Each year the council hears about its ow(...)

Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev originally Dublin, captured in Syria with an Irish passport

T he arrest of an Irish citizen in Syria because he was allegedly fighting for Islamic State, also known as Isis, has demonstrated again the need for (...)

 Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has adopted a “too moderate” tone following the capture of an Irish citizen alleged to have been fighting there with Islamic St(...)

Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev (45), who is originally from Belarus, came to Ireland in the early 2000s and obtained Irish citizenship and an Irish passport. Photograph: Syrian Democratic Forces

A suspected Islamic State terrorist captured by Kurdish-led forces in Syria a week ago lived in Ireland for about a decade and was on a Garda watchlis(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

Sasha Nesterenka, one of a group of Chernobyl children who met President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Peter Houlihan

A Chernobyl victim who learned to read and write two years ago thanks to an Irish-sponsered school in Belarus, today fulfilled a dream of addressing t(...)

Ihar Shadzkou from Belarus as he arrived with Chernobyl Chidren at Dublin Airport to stay with families across Ireland for Christmas. Photograph:  Brian McEvoy

Ihar Shadzkou (18) was jubilant when he was surprised with a new custom-built wheelchair on arrival at Dublin Airport for his annual Christmas visit f(...)

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