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Serbian president, and Serbian Progressive Party leader, Aleksandar Vucic is accused of creating an autocratic system. Photograph: Getty

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic has celebrated a crushing victory for his party in elections boycotted by most opposition groups, ahead of a week o(...)

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) after their press conference in Belgrade, Serbia,  June 18th, 2020. Photograph: Andrej Cukic

Serbia has said it needs more than the promise of eventual European Union membership to agree to recognise the independence of Kosovo, raising the que(...)

A billboard depicting General Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, in Benghazi. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

A string of victories by Turkish-backed forces in western Libya this week dealt a heavy blow to the ambitions of aspiring strongman Khalifa Hafter and(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  listens to Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan  in Istanbul,Turkey. File photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Turkey may be taking a detour from a collision course with Russia in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had(...)

A displaced Syrian girl carries a bag of bread in a stadium which has been turned into a makeshift refugee shelter on Wednesday, in Idlib, Syria. Photograph:  Burak Kara/Getty Images

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a military operation by his forces to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebels in nor(...)

People flee advancing Syrian government forces, which are backed by Russian air strikes, in the northern province of Aleppo on Sunday. Photograph:  Rami al Sayed/AFP via Getty Images

The Syrian army said on Monday it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campai(...)

Syrians drive with their belongings through Ariha in the northern countryside of Syria’s Idlib province as they flee an ongoing offensive by regime forces. Photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty

The Syrian army, backed by Russian air power, is engaged in a two-pronged offensive in al-Qaeda-held areas in Idlib and Aleppo provinces. Syrian force(...)

An Iranian soldier during previous military exercises in the Strait of Hormuz. Photograph: Ali Mohammadi/AFP via Getty Images

Russia, China and Iran launched their first joint naval exercises in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean on Friday, in the latest sign of co-operati(...)

The new deal will see Kremlin-controlled energy giant Gazprom send 65 billion cubic metres of gas via Ukraine in 2020. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky

Russia has reached a high-stakes gas deal with Ukraine but its construction of a major new pipeline to Germany has been abruptly halted due to US sanc(...)

 Iranian president Hassan Rouhani (centre) said Iran’s  breaches of the deal were “reversible if other parties fulfil their commitments. Photograph: EPA

The US has accused Iran of preparing a “rapid nuclear breakout” for resuming enrichment of uranium at its underground Fordow plant beyond limits set b(...)

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