Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak, who plans to stand in next year’s presidential election in opposition to Vladimir Putin.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

“I have no political weight, and I haven’t earned the right to launch some kind of political programme or stand as a candidate,” said Ksenia Sobchak, (...)

TV host Ksenia Sobchak during a protest in Moscow against the inauguration of Vladimir Putin as president in May 2012. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Ksenia Sobchak, a famous Russian TV presenter, socialite and fashionista whose late father was a political mentor to Vladimir Putin, has announced pla(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre): the Kremlin wants World Cup 2018 to be a showcase for Putin’s Russia, just like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via Reuters

The mayor of Kaliningrad, a host city for the World Cup in Russia next year, has offered some striking match-day advice to its residents: don’t hit th(...)

 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian elite students in Tehran, Iran, today. Photograph: Iran supreme leader website/EPA

Iran’s supreme leader has described Donald Trump as “mentally retarded” as he urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal, following the US (...)

Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor in The Death of Stalin

Is there anything so squishy as a philosophy to Armando Iannucci’s view of the administrative life? Only in the most oblique sense. In comedies such (...)

The Irish space industry is growing exponentially, and expanding rapidly to take in a whole range of technologies. Photograph: iStock

Space exploration used to be a two-horse race, the exclusive preserve of two major superpowers, each trying to outdo the other with ever-bigger rocket(...)

Overall sales by craft beer companies stood at €59 million last year, up eleven-fold since 2011. Photograph: iStock
Craft beer makers get canny

A certain well-known beer brand might like to suggest it is – probably - the best in the world but brewer Michael Cowan can make such a claim with aut(...)

South Africa’s then education minister Blade Nzimande signs an agreement in Paris alongside his French counterpart, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, while presidents Jacob Zuma and François Hollande look on, in July 2016. Photograph: Jeremy Lempin/Reuters

The South African Communist Party has warned that President Jacob Zuma’s decision to remove its leader from cabinet has brought its alliance with the (...)

Interior view of the cabin of a new Bombardier C-Series CS100 airplane. Photograph: Alexandra Wey/EPA

Airbus plans to buy a majority stake in Bombardier’s C Series passenger jet program, injecting critical financial support and expertise into a project(...)

Pavel Durov, CEO and co-founder of Telegram, has pledged to appeal the Moscow court ruling. Photograph: Steve Jennings/Getty Images

A court in Moscow fined Telegram Messenger 800,000 rubles (€11,866) on Monday for refusing to hand over the encryption keys to the popular mobile soci(...)