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 Observers of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe  inspect the house in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, where Yelena Aslanova and three of her friends were killed in a shelling on the night of the Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Valeri Kvit/EPA

As Kiev prepared to host the final of Eurovision Song Contest earlier this month, 700km away in eastern Ukraine Yelena Aslanova was holding her own mo(...)

 Brendan Murray’s ‘Dying to Try’ was completely uneventful, a fine drizzle swallowed up by the mighty musical typhoon raging around it. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

There were a lot of unfinished, stationary things in this Eurovision semi-final and not just the wooden identikit presenters who sounded like they wer(...)

Police experts inspect the wreckage of a car that carried journalist Pavel Sheremet in Kiev, Ukraine, in July 2016. Photograph:   Vasyl Shevchenko/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Ukraine’s SBU security service has denied that one of its agents was monitoring investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet last July, when the bomb that (...)

The bookies do not anticipate that Ireland’s Brendan Murray will make it to the final.  Photograph: Michael Campanella/Getty Images

If the bookies are to be believed, our national Eurovision disgrace is set to continue at this evening’s semi-final. They do not anticipate that Irela(...)

US defence secretary James Mattis  talks with a German and a Lithuanian soldier during a visit to Lithuania on Wednesday. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images

The US will send more weaponry to defend allies in the Baltic states if Russia steps up its already “destabilising” actions in the region, Pentagon ch(...)

A woman argues as Belarusian police during an opposition rally in Minsk. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP Photo

Belarusian authorities detained hundreds of people on Saturday during an attempt to hold a street protest in the capital Minsk, amid rising public ang(...)

People  protest against increased tariffs for communal services and new taxes in Minsk, Belarus, on March 15th. The placard , referring to the country’s president, reads: “Lukashenko, stop picking the raisins out of the bread”. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has warned that his security forces will take “the most severe” action against any unrest, as the country b(...)

 Philippine resident Rodrigo Duterte speaking during a meeting with the Filipino community in Myanmar on Sunday. Photograph: Rene Lumaway EPA

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched an expletive-laced attack on the European Union for demanding that he stop efforts in the country’s (...)

An abandoned classroom in Chernobyl is slowly succumbing to the advances of the natural world. Photograph: Stephen Starr

In just a few hours a red fox, wild boar, flocks of sparrows, ravens and jays, as well as a grebe diving for fish, are all to be seen in one of the mo(...)

Alexander Lukashenko: The president of  Belarus is facing a series of “March of Angry Belarusians” protests. Photograph: Maksim Guchek/EPA

It might seem an odd time to take a vacation, but when street protests erupted in his impoverished country last month, Alexander Lukashenko, the autho(...)

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