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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(...)

From the early days of the uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the residents of Kafranbel, a small town in northwestern Syria, have car(...)

Russian authorities and the Russian lawyer who is assisting NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, above, have not disclosed his current location. Photograph: Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/The Guardian/Reuters

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden’s father arrived in Moscow today to see his son, who was granted asylum in Russia after he leaked detai(...)

A general view of the Olympic village in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi. Photograph: Reuters

What does $51 billion buy you in a Black Sea subtropical resort these days? A heap of trouble, if the preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Soc(...)

In government headquarters in the republic of Dagestan, the epicentre of Russia’s fight with Islamic extremism, spokesman Albert Gasanov cheerfully un(...)

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