A man wearing a face mask uses a newspaper to protect himself from the rain in central Moscow on Thursday. Photograph:   Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

Russian authorities recommended people stay at home this weekend and urged them to take more safety precautions as the number of new coronavirus case(...)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) stands together with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (C) and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church (R). Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP

The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide formally granted independence to the Ukrainian church on Saturday, marking an historic split from (...)