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Mick Wallace and Clare Daly have become staples of state-controlled media in the Russian, Chinese, and Arabic language. File photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

When Dublin MEP Clare Daly stood up to denounce sanctions on Russia last week in the European Parliament and say that the EU’s response makes her “abs(...)

Tommasso Debenedetti: ‘Social media is the most unverifiable information source in the world’. Photograph: Iber Press

A tweet falsely claiming to announce the death of Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro has spread online, fooling people around the world. Among (...)

Raheem Sterling celebrates with team-mates Jack Grealish and Rodrigo of Manchester City after scoring their  first goal during the  FA Cup quarter-final against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Southampton 1 Manchester City 4 It had hardly been a wobble for Manchester City. A couple of 0-0 draws, the first against Sporting Lisbon in a Champi(...)

The Kremlin, Moscow. Fitch, the debt ratings agency, came out this week to warn that a Russian default “is imminent”, as it downgraded its stance on the country to nine levels deep into junk bond territory

March 2nd wasn’t a great day for Igor Sechin, head of Moscow-controlled oil and gas giant Rosneft, who’s documented by the EU as one of Vladimir Putin(...)

Russia claims  the US had supported a bio-weapons programme in Ukraine, involving plague, cholera and anthrax. Photograph: National Police of Ukraine/AFP via Getty Images

Britain and the US fear Russia could be setting the stage to use a chemical weapon in Ukraine after Kremlin officials alleged without firm evidence th(...)

A Ukrainian military vehicle drives past a checkpoint in the eastern frontline of Kyiv  region, Ukraine, on Saturday. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin warned today that Ukrainian statehood is in jeopardy and likened the West’s sanctions on Russia to “declaring war”, w(...)


Peter Flanagan is thinking a lot about fellow comedian Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the moment. He remembers meeting Ukranian comedians i(...)

Ukrainian emergency service personnel carry the body of a victim following shelling that hit the City Hall building in Kharkiv. Photograph: Pavel Dorogoy/AP Photo

Olga Markina says she can scarcely believe what is happening to her hometown, Kharkiv, a city in the heart of Europe subject to a brutal artillery bom(...)

 Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid condemned Russia’s violation of the international order but demurred over sanctions. Photograph: EPA/Yuval Penn

In contrast to Western condemnation of Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, all but a small minority of Middle Eastern leaders have been circumspect. (...)

Peter Flanagan in London

Peter Flanagan left Ireland in 2016 to perform stand-up comedy in London. He has worked as a writer and comedian in Britain and Europe Until recently(...)

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