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Russian president Vladimir Putin addresses the crowd at  a concert marking the fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, in  Simferopol. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov

Russian president Vladimir Putin has visited Crimea to celebrate five years since he annexed it from Ukraine, as the West urged him to reverse the mov(...)

Hundreds of students gather to protest the decision of Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) to run for a fifth term, in Algiers, earlier this week. Photograph:  Anis Belghoul/AP Photo

The 250,000 US diplomatic cables dumped online by Wikileaks in 2010 – a vast compendium of intelligence, insight, gossip and idle speculation – remain(...)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) stands together with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (C) and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church (R). Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP

The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide formally granted independence to the Ukrainian church on Saturday, marking an historic split from (...)

A worshiper enters the basement of the Church of the Archangel Michael in Rivne, Ukraine, where the Moscow-led Orthodox branch holds services. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/New York Times

The new Ukrainian Orthodox Church expects to receive formal recognition this weekend of its independence from Moscow, despite fierce opposition from R(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that the world was now entering a new arms race with the unravelling of Cold War-era nuclear missile treaties. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin pool

Christmas came early this year for Russian president Vladimir Putin, and in the seasonally appropriate form of good news from the Middle East. Presid(...)

Barack Obama meets Donald Trump as he is sworn in as US  president: Mr Trump talks about the US as a self-interested state among self-interested states, unique in its power but not in its existential purpose, which is to survive and prosper. Photograph: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Not since Andrew Johnson followed Abraham Lincoln have successive US presidents contrasted more vividly than Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Their han(...)

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko leading a session of the national security and defence council  in Kiev. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian presidential press service/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine on Monday imposed martial law for 30 days in parts of the country most vulnerable to an attack from Russia after president Petro Poroshenko wa(...)

Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovich (left) with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin in Kiev in 2010. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/AFP/Getty Images

Five tumultuous years after the start of their Maidan revolution, and with presidential and parliamentary elections due next year, Ukrainians are taki(...)

Russian jet fighters fly over a bridge connecting the Russian mainland with the Crimean peninsula with a cargo ship beneath it after three Ukrainian navy vessels was stopped by Russia from entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait in the Black Sea, Crimea. File photograph: Pavlishak Alexey/Reuters

Ukraine accused Russia of illegally seizing three of its ships in the Black Sea after opening fire on them on Sunday, a charge that if confirmed coul(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern said members of the British Conservative party were “always anti-Europe, always trouble and always the bold kid in the class”.

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has described DUP leader Arlene Foster as a great friend who he tries to get everyone to love despite it being a “bloody(...)

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