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 Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev: “The state of relations between Russia and the US now causes great concern.” Photograph:  Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, has urged incoming US president Joe Biden to repair relations between Washington and Moscow an(...)

Berhanu Bayeh, one of the former  senior officials in the communist Derg regime who has been living in the Italian embassy in Addis Ababa for 29 years. Screengrab: YouTube

Two convicted Ethiopian war criminals who have been hiding inside an Italian embassy for nearly 30 years have had their sentences commuted, meaning th(...)

At a press conference, Vladimir Putin said 2020  had been a year like any other ‘with pluses and minuses’. Photograph: EPA/Alexei Nikolsky

At the start of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s annual pre-Christmas press conference this month, a journalist asked if 2020 had been altogether ba(...)

John McCarthy: the story of the computer scientist known as the father of artificial intelligence begins, like the best such stories, with a young man bringing a cow to market. Photograph: AP

Kerry cows have long horns, according to the proverb. But as I learned this week, at least one of them has a long story too – a saga that moves from K(...)

 Sabbath prayer meeting outside a house in Stamford Hill, London,  by ultra-orthodox Hassidic Jews in April 2020. Photograph: Barry Lewis

Europe has lost almost 60 per cent of its Jewish population over the past 50 years, mainly as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union after which(...)

 Armenian troops firing artillery  during military engagement with the Azeri army, in Nagorno-Karabakh, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Sipan Gyulumyan/Armenian Defense Ministry/EPA

Armenia’s prime minister said on Wednesday he saw no possibility of a diplomatic solution at this stage in the conflict with Azerbaijan over the mount(...)

Lucy Kennedy and Adele King aka Twink, with her shoulder-cockatiel

It makes sense that an entertainment professional such as Lucy Kennedy or indeed the entire Virgin network would need to take in lodgers at this (...)

 Smoke rises after shelling in Stepanakert  during fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Photograph: Aris Messinis

Azerbaijan’s president ruled out making any concessions to Armenia on Friday ahead of talks aimed at halting the deadliest fighting in the South Cauca(...)

A woman stands in front of a destroyed house  in the Nagorno-Karabakh region’s main city of Stepanakert on Thursday, during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

In Russia’s self-proclaimed sphere of influence, Russia is losing its influence. Concurrent crises in Belarus, Central Asia and the Caucasus region ha(...)

EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell has ruled out military action. Photograph: Yves Herman/POOL/AFP via Getty

As a group of office workers in the Brussels bubble prepared to wind down for the weekend last Friday, an email appeared in their inboxes that made th(...)

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