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No palm tree left unclimbed: Like a Fianna Fáil politician seeking the last vote up a mountain boreen, diplomats canvassed every remote corner of the oceans from the Comoros to Vanuatu. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The trigger has been pulled and the tortuous journey has begun. The diplomatic corps has been reshuffled. Experienced ambassadors have been assigned t(...)

Scenes from the war in Syria. Illustration: Marc Corrigan

Next week the Syrian conflict will enter its seventh year. What began in March 2011 as an uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad turne(...)

Top Gear returned with a slimmed down team of Chris Harris (left), Matt LeBlanc (centre) and Rory Reid: and it may just have snuck ahead of the bloated Grand Tour, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May

Earlier this year, The Grand Tour, Amazon’s online motoring show with the over-hyped, over-blown and over-paid trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammon(...)

Members of the UN Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York in February. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Russia on Tuesday cast its seventh veto to protect the Syrian government from United Nations Security Council action, blocking a bid by Western powers(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov: “We are not planning to replace Geneva with the Astana format.” Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Russia said on Sunday that it supports the continuation of Syria peace talks under United Nations auspices, long-running negotiations which had been t(...)

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the  Duma: members voted on Wednesday to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence for first-time offenders. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russian members of parliament moved on Wednesday to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence for first-time offenders who do not cause serious ph(...)

Men walk along a street, with Nur-Astana mosque seen in the background, in Astana the day before the talks begin. Photograph:  Kirill Kudryavtsevki/AFP/Getty Images

A Syrian rebel group called on Russia to withstand pressure from Iran and the Syrian government to help ensure that a ceasefire agreed last month hol(...)

Lieutenant-general Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian defence ministry official,   talks to the media during a briefing on the fight against terrorism in Syria at in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Russia said its war planes had joined forces with Turkish jets for the first time on Wednesday to target Islamic State militants holding the town of a(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin  during a  press conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin has accused the outgoing US administration of trying to undermine US president-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake a(...)

Furuzamani Beach, Zamami Island, Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan
52 Places to Go in 2017
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  • January 11, 2017, 12:30

1. Canada: A world to explore. Canada has cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between. Canada is huge — the s(...)

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