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New  report shows  average world temperatures  on course to far exceed  goal set in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA

Negotiations at the UN summit in Poland, now entering their final political phase, continue to be dominated by issues around the strictness of a ruleb(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Moldova’s president Igor Dodon in St Petersburg on December 6th, 2018. Photograph: Olga Maltseva

Moldova’s constitutional court has again suspended the country’s pro-Russian president, Igor Dodon, amid an intensifying power struggle ahead of parli(...)

Maria Butina, then leader of a pro-gun organisation in Russia, pictured on April 21st, 2013 speaking to a crowd during a rally in support of legalising the possession of handguns in Moscow. Photograph: AP

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina, suspected of trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) and influence US policy toward Russia, is e(...)

Rapper Oxxxymiron performs during a concert in support of then jailed rapper Husky at a Moscow club on November 26th. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/AFP/ Getty

Dmitry Kuznetsov, better-known by his stage name Husky, was a minor star on Russia’s flourishing hip hop scene until police arrested him last month fo(...)

US president Donald Trump: faces difficulty in securing a suitable candidate to work with him as chief of staff. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

US president Donald Trump has said he is in the process of interviewing “some really great people” to become the next White House chief of staff, afte(...)

Russian serial killer Mikhail Popkov stands inside a defendants’ cage during a court hearing in Irkutsk on December 10th. The former Siberian policeman raped and killed women after offering them late-night lifts. Photograph: Anton Klimov/AFP/Getty Images.

A former police officer jailed for murdering 22 women received a second life sentence on Monday for the murder of 56 more people, making him one of mo(...)

Yul Choi, a South Korean activist with the Korea Green Foundation, protests outside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice, Poland, on December 10th. Photograph: Karolina Jonderko/The New York Times

Ireland’s ranking as the worst performing country in the EU for action on climate change, for the second year in a row, was roundly criticised by envi(...)

Protesters hold placards during a march for the climate on sidelines of the COP24 summit on December 8th in Katowice, Poland. Photograph:  Janek Skarzynski /Getty Images

Ireland’s performance on climate action in response to global warming has been ranked as the worst in the EU and among the worst in the world in a maj(...)

 Nikol Pashinyan is a former newspaper editor who was jailed for fomenting unrest in 2008. Photograph: Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images

Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan consolidated a strong mandate for the revolution that swept him to power this year as his party won a sweeping(...)

A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch centre in Xichang in China’s southwestern Sichuan province early. Photograph: China OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images

China has launched a daring space mission to boldly go where no one has gone before by landing a lunar probe on the dark side of the moon. A Long Mar(...)

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