Samara

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 The central railway station in  Samara. My train from Samara to Kazan  was old and a little ramshackle, though clean and much more comfortable than I had expected.  Photograph: Getty Images

I was away less than 36 hours, but Kazan was a very different place by the time I returned there on Sunday from the England game in Samara. The World (...)

 England’s Dele Alli  scores his side’s second goal during  the 2-0 victory over Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final in Samara. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

England 2 Sweden 0 The increasingly excited/anxious debate about this England side’s progress through the World Cup can be broadly summed up in a co(...)

Neymar during a Brazil training session ahead of the Round 16 match against Mexico. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Brazil v Mexico, Samara Arena, Monday, 3.0 (Live RTÉ2/ITV) Tite was expounding the need to make good use of his squad players when he landed upon one(...)

A bus burns on a road  near the village of Kalybai in Kazakhstan. Emergency officials say 52 people of 57 on the bus died on the fire. Photograph: Kazakhstan Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP

A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh interior ministry sai(...)

A military parade in Moscow. A russian dispute has made it to the Irish High Court.

On August 7th, 2012, at a private airport in Budapest, Hungary, two Russian businessmen discussed the ownership of a $3 billion company responsible fo(...)

Cash-strapped Transaero has 10,000 staff

Russian air woes as Transaero loses certificate Russia’s aviation woes continue with the announcement that Transaero’s air operating certificate was c(...)

US president Barack Obama pauses while delivering a statement on the situation in Iraq, prior to departing the White House South Lawn in Washington today. Photograph:  Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The US will not be sending more troops into combat in Iraq to deal with Islamic militants, but will explore “a range of other options”, Barack Obama h(...)

A mural of the  map of Crimea filled in with the Russian national colours on a street in Moscow in recent days.  Photograph: Artur Bainozarov/Reuters

Nato is to meet today to seek ways to further ease tensions with Russia over Ukraine a day after President Vladimir Putin began withdrawing for(...)

Sunni gunmen walk at a street in Fallujah city, westren Iraq, yesterday. Photograph:  EPA/Ahmed Jalil

A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed yesterday when their commander unwittingl(...)