Russian president Vladimir Putin:  “We would not let anyone destabilise the situation at our home and implement so-called colour revolution scenarios.” Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/EPA/Sputnik/Kremlin pool

Vladimir Putin has claimed the unrest in Kazakhstan last week that killed at least 164 people was the result of foreign meddling, and said a Russian-l(...)

Southern Afghan city of Kandahar: The attacks have caused shock and terror among members of Afghanistan’s Shia minority. Photograph: iStock

A large explosion tore through a Shia mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar killing at least 35 people, the second week in a row that militan(...)

Amnesty International activists hold a picture of Giulio Regeni during a demonstration in Rome in 2017. Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

An Italian prosecutor urged a Rome court on Thursday to forge ahead with the trial of four members of Egypt’s security services over the disappearanc(...)

Protesters chant during a demonstration calling for the Taliban to respect the rights of women in Kabul. Photograph: Victor J Blue/The New York Times

The Taliban’s violent crackdown on protests against their hardline rule has already led to four documented deaths, according to a UN human rights offi(...)

Three rockets landed outside the palace in Kabul. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/ AFP

Rockets hit the Afghan capital on Tuesday, landing near the presidential palace during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, officials and m(...)

People attend a pro-government rally in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday. Anti-government protests have taken place over food shortages, high prices and other grievances. Photograph: EPA/Ernesto Mastrascusa

One person has died during demonstrations in Cuba over food shortages, high prices and other grievances against the government. The interior ministry(...)

Customers outside an Ikea store   in Saint-Herblain, outside Nantes. Photograph:  Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

Ikea France has been ordered to pay a €1 million fine for spying on its employees. The French subsidiary of the Swedish low-cost furniture manufacture(...)

An injured  Afghan worker of Halo Trust who worked on a landmine clearance project is brought to an ambulance after militants stormed the camp in Baghlan, Afghanistan. Photograph: Ajmal Omari/EPA

Gunmen have killed 10 men working for the Halo Trust in northern Afghanistan, in a night-time assault that the mine-clearing charity’s head described (...)

Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi: “The level of interference, whether through spies as we saw recently, or online manipulation, has really become alarming.” Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

At the height of the British government’s sluggish and confused initial reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic, prime minister Boris Johnson’s team were un(...)

“No system is impossible to breach. But either you make the cost of breaching the system so high that an attack does not make sense for an adversary or you ensure continuity of your business regardless of breach.” Photograph: Getty Images

The ransomware attack on the HSE has opened Ireland’s eyes to the dangers of cyber attack, but the State is more than a decade behind Estonia, which (...)

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