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  A man wearing a  face mask places Christmas decorations over a shop window during preparations for reopening in Prague, Czech Republic,  on Wednesday. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

The Czech Republic will relax coronavirus restrictions on Thursday and Russia plans to launch large-scale vaccination against Covid-19 next week, as c(...)

US president Donald Trump: Rejection by  voters after a single term in office sends an important message. It proves right-populists can be beaten. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

Donald Trump’s incompetence and ill-discipline struck fear in the hearts of his opponents, but those shortcomings also put a ceiling on his progress. (...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping waits for US president Donald Trump in Japan in 2019. File photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times.

China’s president Xi Jinping has publicly congratulated Joe Biden on being elected US president, leaving Russia’s Vladimir Putin among a handful of wo(...)

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. “Leave Nato. Drop your weapons. Pick flowers. Smile at nature,” the fake Greta Thunberg urged him.  Photograph: Lars Hagberg/AFP via Getty Images

Russian comedians Vovan and Lexus have struck again, this time pranking Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in a phone call during which he believe(...)

A  volunteer is injected with a dose of Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V.

The developers of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine have said new preliminary data show it is more than 95 per cent effective, an improvement on (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: ‘In general, the situation in the country is not easy but it’s under control. In some regions the situation is, quite frankly, difficult.’ Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/AP

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian officials to address issues ranging from a shortage of ambulances to funding for medicines to hospital ph(...)

Maia Sandu: “Moldovans want a state that does not steal from them. A state that does not protect thieves.” Photograph:  EPA/Dumitru Doru

Moldova’s incoming president Maia Sandu has pledged to fight corruption and strengthen the economy while seeking good relations with Russia and the We(...)

A resident watches a home set on fire by residents preparing to leave  the Kelbajar District, before Azeris arrive to take over. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/New York Times

Soldiers unloaded sandbags and monks donned khaki vests on top of their cassocks on Sunday after Russian peacekeepers arrived to guard the 12th centu(...)

Rosneft was forced to reduce oil production in line with the OPEC+ supply pact aimed at stabilising global markets. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg

Fallout from the pandemic and a weaker rouble sent Russian energy giant Rosneft to a third-quarter net loss of 64 billion roubles (€700 million) from (...)

Then Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin and US vice-president Joe Biden with their delegations at a meeting in Moscow in 2011. Photograph:   Alexey Druzhinin/AFP via Getty Images

When Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, Russian MPs literally popped Champagne corks in parliament at the thought of a US president full of pra(...)

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