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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was named Kazakhstan’s interim president   after the surprise resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev after 30 years. Photograph: AP

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as interim president of Kazakhstan on Wednesday as the former Soviet central Asian nation prepared to celebrate the(...)

Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev waves to audience during a rally in  April, 2015. File photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, announced his resignation on Tuesday saying the oil-rich central Asian nation he has ruled for 30 y(...)

An anti-Brexit protester outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

It was 20 minutes before MPs were due to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday evening, and the Conservative MP Steve Double didn’t know w(...)

Dennis Christensen is escorted inside a courthouse following the verdict announcement in the town of Oryol on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mladen Antonov/AFP

A court in western Russia handed a Danish citizen a six-year prison term on Tuesday for practising his religion as a Jehovah’s Witness. Dennis Christ(...)

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai arrives for the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives in Moscow on Tuesday. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

Senior Afghan politicians, including former president Hamid Karzai, began a meeting with Taliban representatives in Moscow on Tuesday, weeks after the(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: offering no concessions on arms deal withdrawal. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky

The collapse of a major cold war-era missile treaty is sending a shiver through European countries that fear being caught in the middle of a new US-Ru(...)

American soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division walkin in the mountains of Paktia Province in Afghanistan, in April 2013. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the framework of a peace deal in which the insurgents guarantee to prevent Afghan territory(...)

The Big Three: Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference, 1945. Photograph: Hulton/Getty

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin’s Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt By David Reynolds and Vladimir Pechatnov Yale University Press, 680p(...)

Tthe Chang’e 4 lunar probe launches from the the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China’s Sichuan province on December 8th. File photograph: Jiang Hongjing/Xinhua/AP

A Chinese spacecraft has made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, state media said. The lunar explorer Chang’e 4 touched down at 10.2(...)

Croatia’s Luka Modric  scores his team’s second  during their Group D match with  Argentina  at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty

World Cup: Argentina 0 Croatia 3 - June 21st, Nizhny Novgorod Every World Cup has its moment of sporting catastrophe. In 2014, all the planning, mone(...)

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