The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, refurbished for the World Cup, is the biggest venue in the 2018 tournament, with a capacity of 81,000 people. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

As the Italian Conte Verde ocean liner set sail from Genoa to South America in 1930, this newspaper bore no mention of its departure or where it was g(...)

 Gina Haspel: wrote a letter to senator Mark Warner, a Democrat on the intelligence committee, addressing concerns about the interrogation programme after the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The Senate intelligence committee has endorsed Gina Haspel’s nomination to become the next head of the CIA, paving the way for her approval by the fu(...)

President Donald Trump meets  German chancellor Angela Merkel in the White House, April 27th, 2018. Photograph: AP

German chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to make little headway in lobbying against US sanctions due to come into effect next Tuesday when she met US (...)

President of Rusal Oleg Deripaska. Washington said this week it would consider lifting the sanctions altogether if  Deripaska ceded control of the group. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

One of Aughinish Alumnia’s main suppliers has warned that the Co Limerick plant still remains under threat from US sanctions against Russia despite si(...)

Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Rather than reporting Russia’s offer to meddle in a US election, the Trump campaign welcomed Russia’s help.” Photograph:  EPA/Justin Lane

US president Donald Trump’s legal challenges continued to mount on Friday as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) sued the Trump campaign in a fede(...)

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(...)

Aluminium ingots  stored at the foundry shop of the Rusal Krasnoyarsk aluminium smelter in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, last year. Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Debt issued by the Dublin-based vehicle used by Russian aluminium giant Rusal to raise finance in international markets has been impacted by sanctions(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin: One of  the individuals targeted is Kirill Shamalov who, the US said, is married to one of  Putin’s daughters. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Reuters

The Trump administration has unveiled sweeping sanctions against seven high-profile Russian businessmen and their dozen companies, acting on a law pas(...)

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu and Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe review an honour guard prior to their talks in Moscow on Tuesday. Photograph: Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry/Reuters

The US should pay attention to increasingly close military ties between China and Russia, China’s new defence minister has warned during a visit to M(...)

Monday’s announcement by Washington represents the most significant move yet by the Trump administration to censure Russia. Photograph: Al Drago/ The New York Times

Tensions between Russia and the Western international community deepened on Monday after the United States, European countries and their allies expell(...)

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