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On Tuesday, five years after Russia was stripped of its voting rights at the council’s parliamentary assembly over the illegal annexation of Crimea, member states voted to readmit Russia’s representatives as full voting members. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The dispute within the Council of Europe over Russia’s membership of the organisation has exposed a deep fault line. On Tuesday, five years after Russ(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin on June 18th. “It’s sad that our European partners didn’t hear us and acted differently,” Mr Zelenskiy  said about the Council of Europe decision. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Kiev has led criticism of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe for allowing Russia to return to the human rights watchdog, five years a(...)

Protesters wave  EU, Georgian  and US flags during a protest  in Tbilisi against its government and Kremlin influence in the Black Sea state. Photograph: Getty Images

Moscow has accused the West of fanning anti-Russian feeling in Georgia, as ties between the ex-Soviet neighbours fray amid protests in the Black Sea s(...)

Opposition demonstrators help a wounded man during a protest outside the  Georgian parliament in the early hours of Friday. Photograph: Zurab Tsertsvadze/AP

Georgians protested again on Friday after earlier trying to storm their parliament to stop a visit by a deputy from Russia, which defeated the pro-wes(...)

Peter Jackson, chief executive, Paddy Power Betfair: ‘We’ve got a great team and we will have all those other things in the other states as well.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

“Our staff really are passionate about what they do,” says Peter Jackson, chief executive of Flutter Entertainment, owner of bookies Paddy Power and B(...)

 David McGoldrick’s shot deflects off Joseph Chipolina and into the Gibraltar goal. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rep of Ireland 2 Gibraltar 0 Having had a gale force wind to blame for the narrowness of their victory at the Victoria Stadium a couple of months bac(...)

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner says she’s happy to be moving on from Game of Thrones now. Photograph: Getty Images

The campaign for reproductive rights in Northern Ireland is confronted with an awkward dilemma. In recent weeks, there have been calls for studios to (...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden at a campaign event in Berlin, New Hampshire on Tuesday. Photograph:  Elizabeth Frantz/The New York Times

After two days of intense criticism, Joe Biden reversed his position on Thursday night on one of the issues most important to Democratic voters, sayin(...)

 Saffiatu Sillah, whose circumcision caused her  agonising pain during the births of her children, Mijan  and Jaria, at home in Philadelphia. Photograph: Maddie McGarvey/ The New York Times

She called it her “deepest, darkest secret”, one she had never even shared with her husband. When Saffiatu Sillah was growing up in the West African n(...)

Liam Cunningham in Game of Thrones which is filmed in the North. ‘For Northern Ireland, where same-sex marriage remains unlawful, a rather obvious disaster is now waiting to happen.’ Photograph: HBO

In 2016, a threatened Hollywood boycott stopped the US state of Georgia enacting a “religious freedom” Bill that would have exempted public employees (...)

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