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 Russian president Vladimir Putin and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad hug at a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia on Monday. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

A surprise meeting on Monday between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad demonstrated both that Assad remains (...)

French nuclear safety institute IRSN said the incident  was likely to be in a nuclear fuel treatment site or centre for radioactive medicine. File photograph: Getty Images

A cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe in recent weeks indicates an unidentified nuclear incident happened at some facility in Russia or Kazakhs(...)

Pro-government Syrian troops taking up positions during fighting with insurgents near Boukamal, on the Iraq-Syria border, November 8th, 2017. Videograb: Syrian Central Military Media/AP

The rout on Thursday by the Syrian army of Islamic State fighters from the eastern border town of Abu Kemal – their last stronghold in Syria – heralds(...)

 A sculpture  in front of the buildings of sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna in Astana, Kazakhstan. Photograph:   Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov

The largest and richest country in Central Asia, Kazakhstan is opening an embassy in Ireland to expand trade between the two countries, learn how to a(...)

A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media in December 2016 of American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, and their two sons. Photograph: Handout/Reuters

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years held captive by a network with ties to the Talib(...)

Melis and Arslanbek Chormonov at the Bosogu yurt camp at Köl-Suu. The brothers want to attract more travellers from Europe and beyond to Kyrgyzstan. Photograph: Joseph O’Connor

The sun is retreating behind the snow-capped Tian Shan mountains, which surround our yurt camp in the Naryn province of Kyrgyzstan. It’s here that I h(...)

Russian  sappers clearing the historic city of Palmyra of mines after it was recaptured from Isis. Photograph: TASS via Getty Images

This week marks the second anniversary of Russia’s direct armed intervention on the Syrian government side, which turned the tide in its favour in the(...)

In an allusion to Donald Trump, Emmanuel  Macron said: “While some would like to stop, we must continue to advance, to go farther. Because global warming does not stop.” Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Without once naming Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron staked his claim to being the anti-Trump in his first address to the United Nations(...)

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 (...)

  UN special envoy  for Syria Staffan de Mistura: hopes progress can be achieved in talks between the Syrian government and militants  in Geneva after ceasefires have been agreed in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Syrian army regained territory from Islamic State in central and eastern Syria on Wednesday as ceasefire talks got under way again in Kazakhstan.(...)

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