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Lyudmyla Bilenka and her daughter Yarina with a photo of her son Roman Bilenkyi  who disappeared during a mission in eastern Ukraine’s war zone in August 2014. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Roman Bilenkyi’s war in eastern Ukraine was brutally short, but his mother Lyudmyla has no idea how or when her struggle to find him will finally end.(...)

Turkish drilling ship Yavuz: set to start work off the  coast of Cyprus within the country’s exclusive economic zone, in violation of international law. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey is set to deploy a fourth ship to explore for gas and oil off the coast of Cyprus in defiance of EU sanctions imposed to end Ankara’s illegal o(...)

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, on the moon on July 21st,1969. Photograph: Neil Armstrong/Nasa/via Reuters

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon on July 21st, 1969, about 600 million people watched the culmination of a frenetic few years at Nasa, racing (...)

Presidents and neighbours:  Volodomyr Zelinskiy and Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/Yuri Kochetko/ EPA

A week after Volodymyr Zelenskiy won Ukraine’s presidential election in April, Russian leader Vladimir Putin threw down the gauntlet to the erstwhile (...)

Grisa Muntean, the last remaining resident of Dobrusa,  Moldova, takes care of his bees. ‘When I work, I speak with the trees, with the birds, with the animals, with my tools. There is no one else to talk to.’ Photograph: Laetitia Vancon/The New York Times

Thirty years ago, the village of Dobrusa had about 200 residents. At the start of this year, it had just three. Then two were murdered. And now ther(...)

(L-R) Foreign ministers of the Netherlands, Stef Blok, Belgium, Didier Reynders, Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz and Hungary, Peter Szijjarto,  in Brussels, July 15th. Photograph: Reuters/Johanna Geron

EU foreign ministers have warned Iran again that if it wants to keep its nuclear deal intact it must comply fully with the enrichment limits set out i(...)

Ukrainian rock star turned politician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk (centre) campaigning for his new Holos (Voice) party in Odessa on Sunday, a week before parliamentary elections. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

A year ago, two of Ukraine’s most popular entertainers were still busy doing the things that made them famous: Volodymyr Zelenskiy was working on anot(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney arrives for the National Day of Commemoration ceremony in Dublin on Sunday. Mr Coveney has warned online platforms of their responsibility to police the “ever-evolving threat” of disinformation. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The State’s security services are “appraising” a suspected Russian intelligence operation to spread fake news online targeting divisions in Ireland an(...)

Russian opposition figure Ilya Yashin addresses supporters at  a rally to protest against alleged violations ahead of elections to Moscow  Duma. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

On a rainy Moscow evening last week Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin was addressing an enthusiastic crowd outside the Krasnoselsky district e(...)

Eugene Cernan on the Moon – holder of the “Last Man on the Moon” title since 1972. Photograph: Corbis via Getty Images

The difficulty of landing men on the Moon is highlighted by the Soviet Union trying and failing to do so in the 1960s. Soviet rocket technology was fi(...)

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