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A campaign poster for Kharkiv mayor Hennadiy Kernes ahead of Ukraine’s July 21st parliamentary elections. He still dominates Ukraine’s second city despite political upheaval in the country and a 2014 gun attack that left him partially paralysed. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The steely gaze of Georgy Zhukov is once more levelled at Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, a month after protesters toppled a bust of the second World War So(...)

 Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile launching system. File Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia began delivery of an advanced missile defence system to Turkey on Friday, a move expected to trigger US sanctions against a Nato ally and drive(...)

US president Donald Trump:   Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions are among the dozen Trump associates who have been served with subpoenas. Photograph: Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Bloomberg

A dozen people connected to Donald Trump – including his son-in-law Jared Kushner – have been issued with subpoenas by the House Judiciary Committee, (...)

Senior advisor and son-in-law to US president Donald Trump, Jared Kushner (right). File photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The Democratic-led US house judiciary committee on Thursday voted to authorise subpoenas for a dozen witnesses including president Donald Trump’s son(...)

Italian deputy-premier and interior minister Matteo Salvini addresses the Senate in Rome, on Thursday. Buzzfeed has reported that a close aid to Mr Salvini held talks with Russian businessmen soliciting financing worth more than €1bn. Photograph:  Claudio Peri/EPA

Milan prosecutors have opened a corruption investigation into Italy’s far-right League party over allegations that it received funds from Moscow ahead(...)

A Russian T-14 Armata main battle tank.  “Military advisers tell me it looks at least 10 years ahead of any other tank on the planet. It can be remote controlled at the moment, but they’re rushing to make  it fully autonomous so it can go out on its own.” Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is not looking to prevent the rise of Robocop. It has no plans to crush the (convincing yet CGI) robot from Bosstow(...)

‘Some critics of religion such as Dawkins (pictured) and Dennett do indeed point out, convincingly to me, that scientific explanations of the universe are reliable while religious ones are not.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The relationship between science and religion has never been easy but it became much more difficult in Europe after Galileo discovered in 1610 strong (...)

  Ursula von der Leyen needs 375 votes for a majority in parliament, but is widely expected to get that. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Just to get the important local news out of the way first. Asked for the first time about Brexit and the backstop, European Commission president-in-w(...)

Turkish ship Yavuz anchored off Cyprus’s east coast in preparation for drilling. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkey has rejected European Union charges that its oil and gas drilling in Cypriot waters are violations of international law and accused Brussels of(...)

The UK’s  ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch: It is unclear precisely what Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be the next prime minister, will do. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Britain and the US have been plunged into a full-scale diplomatic dispute, centred on Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to Washington. On Tuesday, Donal(...)

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