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Dima Piskunov (left) and Alexei Matasov in the Grozny office of the Joint Mobile Group, which investigates alleged rights abuses in Chechnya. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

In the view from the 32nd-floor restaurant of the glitzy Hotel Grozny City, many Russians must see a kind of victory. Victory over the Chechen separat(...)

US President Barack Obama speaks to the media during a news conference at the G20 summit in St Petersburg.

US president Barack Obama is to step up efforts to rally support among sceptical US lawmakers for military action against Syria after failing to secur(...)

US president Barack Obama attends the second working meeting of the G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organisations at the G20 summit yesterday. World leaders  sought to contain tensions over the global economy. Photograph:  Grigoriy Sisoev/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images

World leaders yesterday sought to contain tensions over the global economy, as advanced economies agreed to carefully manage the wind-down of its mass(...)

US president Barack Obama speaks to the media during a news conference at the conclusion of the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

The G20 summit in St Petersburg ended poorly for US president Barack Obama yesterday as France, his closest ally for military action in Syria, pulled (...)

Alexei Navalny, a candidate for mayor of Moscow, arrives for a news conference at his campaign offices in Moscow. Navalny, an anti-corruption activist, through his campaign for mayor, has exposed disarray in President Vladimir Putin’s carefully constructed political system. Photograph:  James Hill/The New York Times

Alexei Navalny, the main anti-government candidate for mayor of Moscow, held what he described as a “grandiose rally and concert” on Andrei Sakharov P(...)

Mr Cameron goes into overdrive in defence of the UK. Photograph: Ramil Sitdikov/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images

David Cameron has mounted a robust patriotic defence after a spokesman for Vladimir Putin reportedly said the UK was a small island to which no one li(...)

World leaders left the G20 summit  in St Petersburg today without reaching a consensus on Syria. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama resisted pressure to abandon plans for air strikes against Syria and enlisted the support of 10 fellow leaders for a “strong(...)

Activists take part in a rally to denounce US president Barack Obama’s proposed plan for a limited military strike in Syria, in front of the US embassy in Kiev. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Brent crude held above $115 a barrel today, set for a fourth weekly rise and supported by concerns that a potential US military strike on Syria may sp(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Barack Obama  pictured on a video screen installed in the press centre of the G20 Summit in Strelna near St Petersburg yesterday.  Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

The tide of international opinion appeared to be turning further against US president Barack Obama’s plans for military action in Syria as the first d(...)

Pope Francis said ‘one-sided interests’ had prevailed in Syria, preventing a peaceful solution and allowing the continued ’senseless massacre’ of innocents. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has urged leaders of the Group of 20 nations to abandon the “futile pursuit” of a military solution in Syria and work instead for dialogu(...)

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