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Star Wars: Emperor Palpatine cheers up the troops in The Bad Batch

Everyone is always going on about the Skywalkers – Luke, Leia, Darth, Kylo – a bunch of helmet-haired (and headed), Kennedyesque dynasty politici(...)

 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich: His libel suit disputes a claim that Vladimir Putin ordered his 2003 acquisition of the football club as well as other allegations. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Four Russian billionaires and the country’s state-owned energy giant have filed lawsuits against HarperCollins over a book it published last year abou(...)

One of Tom Hickey’s last appearances was in a performance of Beckett’s poems, directed by Alan Gilsenan. File photograph: The Irish Times

Irish actor Tom Hickey, who died on Saturday night, came to public attention in the definitive RTÉ television drama The Riordans. But he will be remem(...)

Diplomats under the Biden administration, have been busy promoting the US’s return to the liberal-multilateral mainstream. Photograph: Getty

It’s a staple of that dismal genre, the political memoir: the new leader, swept into office and eager to act, quickly confronts the limits of his or h(...)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny seen on a TV screen  during a hearing  in the Babushkinsky district court in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Babushkinsky District Court Press Service via AP

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny denounced Russian president Vladimir Putin as a “naked, thieving king” on Thursday, looking gaunt but defiant in a court(...)

People watch a Long March 5B rocket, carrying China’s Tianhe space station core module, as it lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in southern China’s Hainan province on Thursday. Photograph: STR/AFP via Getty

China launched an unmanned module on Thursday containing what will become living quarters for three crew on a permanent space station that it plans to(...)

Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi (right) leaves a hotel after a a talks meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

The third round of EU-brokered talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran is set to reconvene on Thursday in Vienna for discussions on a route (...)

The published extracts also suggest Soleimani refused foreign ministry requests not to show such obvious support for the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: New York Times

Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has criticised the dominance of the assassinated Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Sole(...)

Joe Biden proposed to Vladimir Putin earlier this month they hold a summit in a third country in an effort to ‘normalise’ relations between Moscow and the West. Photographs: Eric Baradat, Pavel Golovkin/AFP via Getty Images

A summit between president Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden is likely to take place as early as June, a senior Kremlin official said on(...)

File image of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is to begin ending his hunger strike. Photograph: Handout/Moscow City Court press service/AFP via Getty Images

Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said on Friday he would begin gradually ending a hunger strike he had called to demand he be given(...)

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