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Pope Benedict XVI and Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew light candles  at a Greek Orthodox  cathedral in Istanbul, 2006. Photograph: Ecumenical Patriarchate/Reuters

The Russian Orthodox Church has warned that Ukraine’s bid for spiritual independence could lead to bloodshed and a schism in the eastern church, as it(...)

Macedonian foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov (right) meets with Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias in Skopje, Macedonia, on Friday. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Greece has reported more progress in talks with Macedonia towards ending their 27-year dispute over the ex-Yugoslav republic’s name, which must be re(...)

 Yevgeny Zhilin: rose to prominence during Ukraine’s pro-western revolution when the former police officer used his fight club and other businesses as the basis for a pro-Russian militia in his home city of Kharkiv. Photograph: Sergiy Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

A prominent militant who backed the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine has been shot dead in a restaurant in an exclusive suburb of Moscow. W(...)

Darina Allen Runs the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School in east Cork and leads the Slow Food Movement in Ireland In 1983, Allen opened a co(...)

“I felt beyond privileged to be experiencing something I didn’t even know existed.” Elena Narinskaya in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Being able to speak Russian only was never enough for Elena Narinskaya. Even after learning English at school, the Russian academic felt a desire to (...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the pause in the fighting was largely holding, despite some incidents that he hoped would be contained. Photograph: Sandro Campardo/EPA

A senior official from Syria’s main opposition group said yesterday the first major attempt to halt the fighting after nearly five years of war was in(...)

A Russian police officer stands at the site where a woman suspected of murdering a young child was arrested on Monday.  Russian investigators said they had arrested a nanny and charged her with murdering a young child in her care. Photograph: Reuters

Russian police arrested a woman on suspicion of murder after she was found brandishing the severed head of a child outside a Moscow metro station on M(...)

People participate with a banner ‘Russia will be free’ during a memorial march for Boris Nemtsov to mark in Moscow on Saturday to mark the  first anniversary of his murder. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Saturday to honour Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was assassinated a year ago (...)

Boris Nemtsov speaking during a protest rally in Moscow in June 2011. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

On the bridge in Moscow where Boris Nemtsov was assassinated aone year ago, a group of volunteers holds a constant vigil guarding both the memory of t(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has pledged to do “whatever is necessary” to carry out the ceasefire and the “complicated” process of negotiating peace. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin.

Russian warplanes pounded insurgent-held areas across Syria yesterday ahead of the midnight cessation of hostilities agreed by the Syrian government (...)

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