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German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin on June 18th. “It’s sad that our European partners didn’t hear us and acted differently,” Mr Zelenskiy  said about the Council of Europe decision. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Kiev has led criticism of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe for allowing Russia to return to the human rights watchdog, five years a(...)

Ireland  fans at the Rugby World Cup game against Australia at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand  in 2011. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The financial commitment required to follow Ireland at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (Sept 20th-Nov 2nd) represents a significant outlay, no matter wha(...)

Protesters wave  EU, Georgian  and US flags during a protest  in Tbilisi against its government and Kremlin influence in the Black Sea state. Photograph: Getty Images

Moscow has accused the West of fanning anti-Russian feeling in Georgia, as ties between the ex-Soviet neighbours fray amid protests in the Black Sea s(...)

Arlene Foster. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A forged email purporting to show DUP leader Arlene Foster supporting the EU’s position on Brexit was used by Russians in an online disinformation cam(...)

Digital researchers found that a fake Irish Facebook account was among 16 used to spread disinformation. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

A Russian intelligence operation, whose online posts were taken down by Facebook, is suspected of spreading fake news about Northern Ireland, an inves(...)

 A protester  with  a  picture of  Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph:  Reuters/Osman Orsal

US president Donald Trump has dismissed a United Nations request for the FBI to investigate the murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, su(...)

US national security adviser John Bolton. Photograph: Abayov/Pool via Reuters

The United States will unveil new sanctions on Iran as early as Monday, US national security adviser John Bolton has said, warning that Iran should no(...)

A clear wallet and its contents used in a study of how people in 40 countries decided to return, or not return, lost wallets. Photograph: Christian Zünd/Science/AFP/Getty Images

It’s obvious: someone finding a lost wallet is less likely to return it if money is inside, right? That’s what top economists, as well as regular peop(...)

Opposition demonstrators help a wounded man during a protest outside the  Georgian parliament in the early hours of Friday. Photograph: Zurab Tsertsvadze/AP

Georgians protested again on Friday after earlier trying to storm their parliament to stop a visit by a deputy from Russia, which defeated the pro-wes(...)

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the  summit in Brussels on June 20th, 2019. Photograph: Olivier Matthys

From late morning on, the prospects of another EU summit of “top jobs” became increasingly inevitable. Leaders emerged from party caucuses shaking the(...)

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