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 Russian president Vladimir Putin speaking during his annual press conference via a video link from the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph:  Maxim Shipenkov

Vladimir Putin confirmed a report that Russian intelligence agents followed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but denied the Kremlin’s involvement in (...)

Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government via a teleconference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, on Tuesday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

The officials from a secretive Russian security force seemed to know exactly what they wanted when they reached out to Olga Izranova’s company last sp(...)

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko pmeeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on Monday. Photograph: EPA/ Kremlin handout

Demonstrations in Belarus have continued despite growing levels of brutality and intimidation. Tens of thousands were out in Minsk and other cities on(...)

An undated photograph of the vessel Rhosus, which brought the ammonium nitrate to Beirut. The ship is believed to have sunk in the harbour in 2015 or 2016. Photograph: EPA/Tony Vrailas/Marinetraffic.com

The countdown to catastrophe in Beirut started six years ago when a troubled, Russian-leased cargo ship made an unscheduled stop at the city’s port. T(...)

One of the Russian Tupolev TU-95 Bear bombers that entered international airspace controlled by the Irish Aviation Authority off Ireland’s west coast.   One of the Russian Tupolev TU-95 Bear bombers that entered international airspace controlled by the Irish Aviation Authority off Ireland’s west coast.

Just what is Russia up to? The Kremlin’s flying of Russian strategic bomber aircraft around Britain and Ireland on three occasions recently has certai(...)

Syrians ride motorcycles as Turkish military vehicles drive past a camp for displaced people near the village of Kafr Lusin in Syria’s northeastern Idlib province on Friday. Photograph:  Ibrahim Yasouf/AFP via Getty Images

Deadly clashes erupted in parts of northwest Syria on Friday but a ceasefire deal between Russia and Turkey aimed at ending months of intense conflict(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  listens to Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan  in Istanbul,Turkey. File photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Turkey may be taking a detour from a collision course with Russia in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had(...)

 Sudan’s former president  President Omar al-Bashir: He was the poster boy for those who dismissed the International Criminal Court as a relic of western colonialism. Photograph:   Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

If the decision by Sudan to hand former president Omar al-Bashir over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for a long, high-profile trial seems m(...)

US president Donald Trump announces the lifting of sanctions on Turkey in a White House speech on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has lifted sanctions on Turkey, saying the country has committed to a permanent ceasefire in northern Syria and defending th(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with  Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following  talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/EPA

Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached a broad agreement to establish a buffer zone free of Kurdish forces in north Syria (...)

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