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Ukrainian students carry an EU flag as they march in Lviv, Ukraine. Photograph: Yurko Morykvas/Epa

Russian president Vladimir Putin has today accused the European Union of blackmail and pressure against Ukraine over its decision to suspend preparati(...)

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych addresses deputies during a new session of the parliament in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuter

Ukraine has suspended negotiations with the European Union on a landmark political and trade agreement, dashing hopes that an association agreement be(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton arrives with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a photo opportunity before the start of three days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva today. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today that the issue of whether Iran will ultimately be allowed to enrich uranium will not be decided in an in(...)

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(...)

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