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A monument for victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 downing over Donetsk in Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Russia faced international calls to accept responsibility for the downing of Flight MH17 on Tuesday, four years after the Malaysia Airlines jet was bl(...)

US president Donald Trump receives a football from Russian president Vladimir Putin at a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Photograph:  Grigory Dukor/Reuters

The relationship between the US and Russia has been transformed, President Donald Trump insisted on Monday to a sceptical world press in Helsinki. “Re(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May at the Nato summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Like it or not, and many Nato members are deeply uncomfortable about it, Donald Trump set the agenda for Nato’s summit in Brussels. He also threw a sm(...)

A Japanese fan walks in the streets of Yekaterinburg on Sunday. Photograph:   Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

When sport is working entirely well it provides us with opportunities to lose ourselves a little in the celebration of achievement and while enough ha(...)

 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(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putinvisits the Pioneering Spirit pipelaying ship in the Black Sea in June. Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/AFP/Getty Images

For those who saw it coming, the sight of a massive, 382-metre-long ship passing through Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait in May said a lot about Turkey’s (...)

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima attend the MH17 remembrance ceremony and the unveiling of the National MH17 monument on Monday in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands. Photograph:  Remko de Waal/Pool/Getty Images

One of the most difficult aspects of the MH17 commemoration this week was that it reminded relatives of the dead of the extent to which Russia has hin(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and US president Donald Trump: Mr Trump offered vague pleasantries but no strong  message of support for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has hailed his meeting with US counterpart Donald Trump as an important diplomatic victory over Russia, despite r(...)

Expectations for US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow were not high. It was always unlikely the Russians would announce any immediate(...)

President Vladimir Putin  with Leonid Tibilov, the president of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia. Putin regards South Ossetians as Russians that history has wrongfully parted from their homeland. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/Reuters

Another month. Another troublesome referendum. This time in the tiny Georgian secessionist, Russian-occupied enclave of South Ossetia (pop 50,000). An(...)

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