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Dutch minister for foreign affairs Halbe Zijlstra: opposition parties are demanding his resignation. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra admitted on Monday he had lied about hearing Russian president Vladimir Putin make comments about plans for a “g(...)

KamaGames managing director Andrey  Kuznetsov: “We are self-funded since day one . . .  so we didn’t need any grants.”

KamaGames, a Russian gaming company, has seen its valuation jump threefold to about $500 million (€404 million) since moving to Dublin in 2012, despit(...)

 Local rescuers carry the body of a man killed by the shelling of a bus  at the Olenivka checkpoint between Ukrainian  controlled territory and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic this week. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Government troops and Russian-led militia in eastern Ukraine appear to be preparing for an escalation in fighting, international monitors warned on Tu(...)

“Monty Python’s Life of Brian”. Seriously, who can look at Dáil politics without thinking of the People’s Front of Judea and the Judean People’s Front?

Ah, Christmas. The season of goodwill, merriment and watching movies while draped across the couch, simmering in the fruits of your seasonal excess. D(...)

George and Mary Sugrue are the husband-and-wife team behind the Chernobyl Children International Dental Programme, and have also volunteered with Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International for over two decades. File photograph: Volunteerkerry.ie

A Co Kerry couple who bought an ambulance so they could bring dental and medical equipment to disabled children in Belarus have been given the honorar(...)

North Korean soldiers watch a fireworks display to celebrate the North’s declaration on November 29th it had achieved full nuclear statehood. Photograph:  Kim Won-Jin/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea can indeed reach Washington with its latest ballistic missile, but it still needs to develop critical technology to deliver a nuclear warh(...)

The new regime in Luhansk took power amid a flurry of fatal clashes between Russian-controlled militia and government troops. Photograph: Reuters

The eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk has a new separatist leader following an armed standoff between local warlords, amid a flurry of fatal clashes(...)

Shells explode during the joint Russia-Belarus strategic military exercises Zapad in Belarus. Photograph: Tatiana Zenkovich

Russia’s “Zapad” war games have come under further scrutiny after its military admitted that a helicopter had accidentally fired on bystanders, and se(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin watches the Zapad-2017 war games with minister for defence Sergei Shoigu (left) and chief of the general staff of Russian armed forces Valery Gerasimov (second right) in Leningrad, Russia. Photograph:  Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin watched his country’s military take part in the major “Zapad” war games on Monday, amid continuing concern from Nato (...)

 Brussels’ new   site aimed at countering Russian propaganda – “EU vs disinfo”, euvsdisinfo.eu – makes for compulsive reading, documenting the more far-flung claims – 3,000 in the last year – and tracking their emergence

The Danes, if one is to believe the story, are opening brothels for zoophiles. They – the zoophiles, not the Danes – are people with a sexual fixation(...)

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