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Ukraine president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comedian, crushed incumbent Petro Poroshenko in a presidential election run-off last month. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukraine’s president-elect and erstwhile comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy has confirmed that he will take office next Monday, as the return of his scandal-(...)

Exiled in Paris, Joseph Roth  foresaw the grim future, writing to his friend and benefactor Stefan Zweig: ‘It will have become clear to you now that we are drifting towards a great catastrophe.’ Photograph: Getty Images 

If you’ve read Joseph Roth’s great novel The Radetsky March, as I finally got around to doing recently, you’ll know it begins with a fleeting incident(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo during a meeting in Sochi. Photograph:  Pavel Golovkin/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo called for Moscow and Washington to put aside mistrust and build a more (...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini:  said ministers had made it clear that the International Atomic Energy Agency was the only body that could legitimately verify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal. Photograph: EPA

The US needs to exercise “maximum restraint” to avoid escalating its dispute with Iran over the nuclear deal, EU foreign ministers in Brussels  t(...)

Rudy Giuliani: wants Kiev to examine claims  Democratic former US vice-president Joe Biden pressed Kiev to quash an investigation into Ukrainian gas firm Burisma. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer has cancelled plans for a controversial trip to Ukraine, but his bid to drag the embattled country into th(...)

“Annoyed but calm, the plant’s deputy chief Anatoly Dyatlov (Paul Ritter) orders that water be used to quench the reactor core. The problem, as his subordinates try to explain, is that there is no reactor core. It has exploded.”

One of the most sinister sights in Chernobyl (Sky Atlantic, Tuesday, 9pm), a new five-part miniseries about the 1986 nuclear disaster, is unsettlingly(...)

Pope Francis is welcomed by children wearing traditional costumes upon his arrival at Sofia airport, Bulgaria. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Pope Francis urged Bulgarians on Sunday to help migrants and refugees, as he arrived in a country that has been accused of mistreating people seeking (...)

Elaine Fitzgerald and John Fitzpatrick, director of Cork Choral festival. Photograph: Barry Roche

Some 50,000 visitors are expected to attend over 100 scheduled events which are part of the Cork International Choral Festivaland this weekend The fe(...)

Chernobyl: in the 30km off-limit zone, liquidators measure radiation levels in the aftermath of the disaster. Photograph: Getty

A new TV drama revisits the Soviet nuclear meltdown of 1986, when fallout and fake news threatened to poison Europe Sinking through the screen int(...)

Chernobyl drama: Irish actor Jessie Buckley portrays Lyudmilla Ignatenko, whose husband Vasily was one of the first firefighters on the scene of the 1986 disaster

A new five-part miniseries dramatising the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion will bring “fresh eyes” to the disaster and its subsequent cover-up, Chern(...)

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