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Vladislav Surkov, former aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin: “It works, this model works. It is a good compromise between chaos and order.” Photograph:  Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

“There are two options,” says Vladislav Surkov as we settle into our seats. “The first is Anglo-Saxon. I give you the menu, you can choose what you wa(...)

US vice-president Kamala Harris (4-L) poses for a photo as president Joe Biden (C) signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/Pool/EPA

A new national holiday commemorating the end of slavery was signed into law by US president Joe Biden on Thursday, as he returned to work in the White(...)

 US president Joe Biden walks to his armoured limo on his arrival at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, Suffolk, on Thursday evening. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

World leaders are gathering for the G7 summit in Cornwall this week. Here are the key themes that will dominate their meeting and what might constitut(...)

US first lady Jill Biden waves as she sets off with President Joe Biden  from the  White House on his first overseas trip as president. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg

US president Joe Biden will intensify pressure on the British government over the deepening Northern Ireland protocol impasse when he meets with (...)

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will this week make their first visit  overseas as president and First Lady. They will  visit Britain, Belgium and Switzerland Mr Biden will  meet a series of world leaders. Photograph: The New York Times

US president Joe Biden will make his first overseas trip as US president this week, determined to convince allies and adversaries “America is back” af(...)

UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet speaking on a sceen at  the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday. Photograph:  Martial Trezzini/EPA

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to launch an international investigation into alleged crimes committed during the 11-day co(...)

Fionnuala O’Sullivan: ‘Seattle is an absolutely beautiful city’

Wild Geese: Fionnuala O’Sullivan It still surprises Fionnuala O’Sullivan that she lives in America. “I am stunned to be living here and have Americ(...)

 Relatives carry a body for cremation  on the banks of the Ganges River  in Shringverpur, northwest of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photograph: Ritesh Shukla/Getty Images

Official tolls showing the number of deaths directly or indirectly attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to be a “significant undercount”, th(...)

Roger Federer is now an unpaid spokesman for Switzerland Tourism. Photograph: Roger Federer

Roger Federer, the Swiss 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion, recently became an unpaid spokesman for Switzerland Tourism. In a Zoom call from his home(...)

Police and administrative officials  inspect a cremation ground on the banks of Ganges River, where suspected bodies of Covid-19 coronavirus victims appeared to be partially buried. Photograph: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP via Getty

Police are patrolling the banks of the Ganges river in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh to stop any dumping of corpses in the river, a gov(...)

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