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Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting today in Jerusalem. Photograph: Dan Balilty - Pool/Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched an intensive campaign on Sunday to convince world powers to toughen terms of a proposed nuclear dea(...)

Former Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski (centre) and former European Parliament president Pat Cox (right) leave a session of the parliament in Kiev yesterday. Deputies failed on Wednesday to find common ground for the release of jailed  opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, a move sought by the European Union to clear the way for signing landmark agreements on trade this month. Photograph: Reuters

With Ukraine’s continuing failure to release former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko from jail comes a growing impression that president Viktor Yanukov(...)

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko converses with her lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has denounced charges brought against her lawyer, calling them an attempt by president Viktor (...)

A screengrab of Chechen warlord Doku Umarov who says he ordered the attack on Domodedovo airport in Russia on January 24th, 2011, as part of an Islamist insurgency against Russian rule of the North Caucasus.

A Russian court jailed three men for life and one for 10 years today over their role in a suicide bombing which killed 37 people at Moscow’s Domodedo(...)

The Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft decorated with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games logo and a blue-and-white snowflake pattern, blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

A three-man crew successfully blasted off into space with the Olympic torch today, ready to take it on its first space walk in what they said would be(...)

Yasser Arafat pictured in 1994. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah.

Palestinians have blamed Israel for the death of Yasser Arafat after Swiss forensic tests confirmed that he was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioac(...)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: has sought political asylum in Russia. File photograph: Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/Courtesy of The Guardian/Handout via Reuters

Germany’s Foreign Ministry said today it had asked the British ambassador to come and discuss a report that Britain was operating a covert spying sta(...)

Former minister Conor Lenihan is the Skolkovo Foundation’s vice president. He declined to comment.

Executives at the Skolkovo Foundation faced renewed controversy yesterday after Russian authorities criticised the high-tech hub in Moscow for misusin(...)

Members of Russia’s emergency services work near a damaged bus after a bomb blast in Volgograd which killed six people in this handout image provided by the Russian Emergencies Ministry today. Photograph: Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout/Reuters

A female suicide bomber blew herself up on a city bus in southern Russia today, killing six people and injuring about 30, officials said. The attack (...)

Russian police detain migrant workers during a raid at a vegetable warehouse complex in the Biryulyovo district of Moscow on Monday. Photograph: Ivan Stolpnikov/Reuters

Russian officials are calling for calm after simmering tension between Muscovites and migrant workers from the Caucasus and central Asia exploded i(...)

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