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Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas were arrested by the FBI last Wednesday evening at Dulles International Airport in Washington. Photograph: Alexandria sheriff’s office/New York Times

By the time Lev Parnas asked Michael Pues for another $350,000 to salvage a film project that was supposed to include actor Jack Nicholson, Pues was a(...)

Irina Kolesnikova in St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s staging of Swan Lake

PRIMA BALLERINA IRINA KOLESNIKOVA AND COMPANY DIRECTOR KONSTANTIN TACHKIN PULL BACK THE CURTAIN ON ST PETERSBURG BALLET THEATRE AHEAD OF THEIR DUBL(...)

Unlike Greta Thunberg, eco activist Arshak Makichyan does not have a wealthy family to support him. Photograph: Facebook

As Extinction Rebellion protests took off in scores of world cities this week a Russian television newscaster delivered a damning verdict on the Swedi(...)

 Civilians carry their belongings over their head as they flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AF

  Turkish ground troops have stepped up their offensive against Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, seizing villages and continuing an aerial(...)

 Turkey-backed members of the Syrian National Army preparing for a military operation into Kurdish areas of northern Syria on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria has caught Russia between its desire to see US troops out of Syria and its commitment to Damascus to regain al(...)

 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US president Donald Trump  at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s shock abandonment of Syrian Kurdish fighters who partnered the US in the war against Islamic State could give impetus to r(...)

A members of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Force of Asayesh stands guard as Syrian Kurds demonstrate against Turkish threats to launch a military operation on their region, in the town of Al-Qahtaniyah on Monday, Photograph:  Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

US president Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to give a green light to Turkey to invade and occupy a wide band of Kurdish held-territory in northern Syr(...)

Dr Mairead Heaney is originally from Galway and is  consultant anaesthetist and intensivist at Perth Children’s hospital, where this photograph was taken

Working Abroad Q&A: Each week Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. This week Dr Mairéad Heaney, w(...)

Russia captain Vasily Artemyev (right) celebreates with team-mate  Kirill Golosnitskiy after the winger scored his side’s first try in the  Rugby World Cup  Group A game against  hosts Japan  at the Tokyo Stadium in the opening game of the competition. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

March 17th, 2006: Rock and a hard wind decisive (follow link for match report) Blackrock College 14 St Michael’s College 12 ‘Lansdowne Road is a(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (C) attends a meeting in Damascus on August 9th. Photograph: Syrian Arab News Agency/EPA

The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran are to meet on Monday to try to secure a lasting truce in northwest Syria following attacks there by the govern(...)

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