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Austria’s Anna Gasser competes in  the women’s snowboard slopestyle final event  during the  2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on Monday. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

The organisers of the Winter Olympics have been accused of putting athletes’ safety in jeopardy after they allowed the women’s slopestyle final to go (...)

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev: “I am a pessimist who views the future with optimism.”

“Fortunately I do not speak a foreign language,” Andrey Zvyagintsev tells me (in Russian). “So I don’t know what they say about us or my films outside(...)

Russia’s delegation attending the closing ceremony of the XI Paralympic Olympic games in  Sochi in 2014. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty

Paralympic organisers said on Monday they would let some Russians compete as neutrals at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in March, but upheld a ban on Mo(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  said the Trump administration would maintain its military presence in Syria  to prevent Islamic State’s resurgence, press for the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad, and counter Iranian influence. Photograph: Ben Nelms/Reuters

The Syrian government has condemned the US presence in Syria as illegal and an aggression, in response to a US plan to deploy its forces in the countr(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: said it was his government’s “duty to drown this terrorist force before it is born”. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has accused the US of forming a “terrorist army” that it was Turkey’s duty to “drown”, after Washington anno(...)

Syrian Christians take part in a Christmas mass at a destroyed church in Raqa, the former ‘capital’ of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, on January 9th. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has been carrying out simultaneous offensives against insurgents in the northwest Idlib province, and Eastern Ghouta abutting Damascus(...)

Displaced people from a village in southern Idlib head on the Damascus-Aleppo motorway towards the northern part of the rebel-held province on January 5th. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey called on Russia and Iran on Wednesday to pressure Syrian authorities to halt a military offensive in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, which(...)

An independent report for the   World Anti-Doping Agency revealed widespread doping at the  Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Forty-two Russians have lodged appeals against bans issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends the forum of Russian volunteers at the Megasport Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Vladimir Putin declared on Wednesday that he is to seek a fourth term as Russia’s president in an election next March. Mr Putin revealed his long-a(...)

Writer and broadcaster Garrison Keillor has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over an accusation of inappropriate behaviour. Photograph: Jeff Baenen/AP

NBC News fired popular Today show host Matt Lauer after a colleague accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviour, the US TV network said on Wednesda(...)

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