A Russian flag featuring Vladimir Putin  at the central Manezhnaya Square just outside the Kremlin in Moscow in 2012. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

It is one of the most extraordinary crimes of Putin-era Russia, has seen the deaths of some of those who have tried to inquire into it, and has led to(...)

Police are seen at the scene of a hostage situation in a supermarket in Trebes, France. Photograph: Reuters

Three people were killed in southwestern France on Friday when a gunman held up a car, opened fire on police and then took hostages in a supermarket. (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte at the 33rd annual dinner of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France in Paris.  Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron has rejected an appeal from Francis Kalifat, the president of the council of Jewish institutions in France (Crif), to recogn(...)

On Saturday January 27th, 2018, 329 refugees and migrants, mostly from Eritrea and Bangladesh, waited to be rescued by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil. Photograph: Santi Palacios/AP

An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler’s boat capsized early on Friday, leaving three known surv(...)

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(...)

Tunisian protesters clash with security forces in Ettadhamen, Tunisia, on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Tunisian authorities have arrested more than 300 people after a third night of violent rioting sparked by anger at austerity measures agreed with the(...)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) during a meeting with heads of parliament commissions in Tehran on January 1st. Photograph: EPA

Overnight clashes between protesters and security forces in Iran killed nine people, state television reported on Tuesday, including some rioters who (...)

Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of multiple blasts in Kabul on Thursday. Photograph: Getty

Islamic State has claimed a suicide bomb attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighbouring cultural centre which killed dozens on(...)

Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 25th 2017. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA

A suicide bomber has struck near an office of the Afghan intelligence service in the capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, including a woman in(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris  during Armistice Day commemorations on Saturday. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

Two years after militants killed 130 people in co-ordinated attacks across Paris, French officials say there remains an unprecedented level of “intern(...)

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