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 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(...)

President Vladimir Putin  with Leonid Tibilov, the president of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia. Putin regards South Ossetians as Russians that history has wrongfully parted from their homeland. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/Reuters

Another month. Another troublesome referendum. This time in the tiny Georgian secessionist, Russian-occupied enclave of South Ossetia (pop 50,000). An(...)

Ivan Ivanovich and his wife, Marya, live inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone, in a corner of an abandoned village called Opachychi. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Ivan Ivanovich has the kind of face that holds a smile whether or not he’s happy. His frame is slightly hunched, his cheeks red, his hands ice cold an(...)

Allies: Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite (centre) and Germany’s defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen,  welcome  a Nato battalion in Rukla, Lithuania, on Tuesday. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty

Russia and Nato member states have accused each other of threatening behaviour amid a continuing build-up of military hardware, troops and manoeuvres (...)

British prime minister Theresa May and US president Donald Trump during a joint news conference at the  White House in Washington, DC on Friday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

In his joint press conference with Theresa May at the White House on Friday, Donald Trump struck all the right notes for a British audience, extollin(...)

Valeria Kruglova: “Every ballet has got its own story, it’s telling its own fairytale.  I really love Tchaikovsky, so I enjoy ‘Sleeping Beauty’.”

Valeria Kruglova cannot remember where she was on Christmas Day. It was one month into the Moscow City Ballet’s latest European tour, and all the prim(...)

A  man photographs a mural showing Donald Trump blowing marijuana smoke into the mouth of Vladimir Putin in Vilnius, Lithuania. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

Cuddle up to the Kremlin and do not be surprised when you are burnt. There is no need to believe the lurid, unverified tales about Russian efforts to (...)

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident in April 1986. Photograph: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky/File

In the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in April 1986, the Irish embassy in Moscow sourced its food from Finland, State papers show. The docum(...)

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