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A statue of German philosopher, economist, political theorist and sociologist Karl Marx is placed on its plinth in his birthplace of Trier, Germany. Photograph: Harald Tittel/AFP/Getty

His view over Brussels’s magnificent Grand Place from La Maison du Cygne was a vivid architectural representation of what he was trying to write. Hist(...)

Armenian opposition supporters walk on the street after protest movement leader Nikol Pashinyan announced a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience in Yerevan on Wednesday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Anti-government protesters in Armenia heeded a call from opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan for a campaign of civil disobedience on Wednesday, closing (...)

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump: Each country is hoping for a dramatic – and unlikely – win over the other. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA handout, Lucas Jackson/Reuters

When Alex Wellerstein, a nuclear historian who has studied crises and breakthroughs dating to the earliest cold war arms races, tried to imagine the p(...)

Paul Kammerer: Future investigation may conclusively exonerate him which would make a nice end to his story

Every list of famous scientific frauds includes the case of Paul Kammerer (1880-1926), the Viennese biologist who took his own life in 1926 after char(...)

Yulia Skripal, addressed comments made by her cousin Viktoria in the Russian media, asking her not to contact or visit her in Britain. Photograph: AP

The international chemical weapons watchdog has backed the UK’s findings on the identity of the chemical used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei (...)

Supporters of Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir square on Monday following his re-election for a second term. Photograph: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptians were no doubt glued to their televisions, gripped with suspense, as they awaited the results of their presidential election last week. Woul(...)

British prime minister Theresa May. “Theresa May has caved on all of her red lines with more humiliating concessions to come.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With just under a year to go until Britain leaves the European Union a new Brexit lie has emerged. Actually, it’s a variant on an old theme: the infam(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin:  the Department of Foreign Affairs has been silent on his recent re-election. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/Reuters

It’s only eight years since Mary McAleese became the first Irish president to meet a Russian counterpart in the Kremlin, but her visit already belongs(...)

Russian presidential candidate and former TV star Ksenia Sobchak speaks at a big rally declaring her intention to create a new liberal party in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Evgeny Feldman/AP

Perhaps because she’s a glamorous blonde or because her late father was a friend of Vladimir Putin, many Russians have not taken Kseniya Sobchak’s bid(...)

A police officer stands guard outside the home of Nikolai Glushkov in London, Britain. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

British counter-terrorism police were on Tuesday investigating the unexplained death of a Russian associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky but said (...)

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