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 A cloud rises from an explosion  near the Syrian village of Al’ Rafide at the border with Israel in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Turkey today criticised Israel for launching air strikes on  targets near the Lebanon/Syria border. Photograph:  Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan today condemned Israeli air strikes on targets near Damascus, saying they were an opportunity for Syrian(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry is in Moscow today for talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/Pool

US secretary of state John Kerry has asked Russian president Vladimir Putin for a tougher stance on Syria at a time when Israeli air strikes ag(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during a joint news conference after their meeting in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin

US secretary of state John Kerry sought Russian help yesterday in ending Syria’s civil war. He told President Vladimir Putin in Moscow that com(...)

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. US agencies are investigating whether Tamerlan Tsarnaev met radical Muslim militants on a six-month trip to the Russian region of Dagestan last year. Photograph: AP Photo

The Russian authorities have been “very co-operative” with the United States since the Boston marathon bombings just over two weeks ago, Presid(...)

A makeshift memorial for Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, who was killed during an encounter with Boston Marathon bombings suspects, in Cambridge. Photograph: Katherine Taylor/The New York Times

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to a prison at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, from the hospital where he had been(...)

A Russian court is to consider the custody of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (right) . Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images

A Russian court is to consider whether one of the jailed Pussy Riot band members is eligible for early release. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, w(...)

Vladimir Putin: he Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society in the year since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. Photograph: Reuters

The Russian government has unleashed a crackdown on civil society in the year since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency that is unprecede(...)

President Barack Obama with his national security adviser Tom Donilon.

The US and Russia say they are determined to strengthen co-operation across a range of major issues, despite Washington’s shar(...)

Bolshoi ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko performing in Ivan the Terrible at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow last November. He has confessed to organising an attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director at the Bolshoi. Photograph: Anton Tarasov/Reuters

When Sergei Filin had sulphuric acid thrown in his face by a masked attacker outside his Moscow apartment on January 17th, there was just one o(...)

A South Korean soldier at a military guard post near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju at the weekend. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP Photo/Getty

South Korea's Defence Ministry has denied suggestions that a nuclear arms test was imminent in North Korea, saying reported movements around th(...)

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