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US president Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukraine’s president, in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday. Photograph:   Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg

Joe Biden sought to reassure Ukraine of Washington’s “ironclad” commitment to its sovereignty and opposition to “Russian aggression” at a White House (...)

European Council president Charles Michel. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

European capitals and top EU officials are trying to deepen co-operation with central Asian states to evacuate people from Afghanistan and ensure that(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron exudes the sort of optimism long associated with US politicians. With a better speech writer, he might even impart some of that optimism to the French. Photograph: Sarah Meyssonnier/Pool/AFP via Getty

Emmanuel Macron, the French president set to visit Dublin on Thursday, inspires contradictory reactions among voters and observers. Over the past four(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin takes part in a virtual meeting with leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Photograph: Evgeniy Paulin,  Sputnik, Kremlin Poo/AP

Russia and several ex-Soviet allies have pledged to work together to ensure the crisis in Afghanistan does not destabilise Central Asia, as the Kremli(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy following their talks in Kiev on Sunday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said Moscow will face more EU sanctions if it uses its energy resources as a “geopolitical weapon” against Ukraine(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomes chancellor Angela Merkel with a bouquet of flowers at the Kremlin. It was the chancellor’s final visit to Moscow. Photograph: Evgeny Odinokov/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has asked Russia to support international efforts to stabilise the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Taliban takeov(...)

There are fears that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s renewed fervour for the doctrine of self-reliance developed by his grandfather Kim Il Sung is laying the ground for years of deepening isolation. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images

For decades, Kuwait was a critical hub in North Korea’s network of foreign outposts. Every year, thousands of labourers would take an Air Koryo flight(...)

Russian athletes celebrate winning the gold medal during the podium ceremony of the artistic gymnastics women’s team final  the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

There was an article written during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games entitled ‘How The Olympic Medal Table Explains The World’ and it invited readers to pre(...)

Emmanuel Merkel and Angela Merkel have been lucid about the character of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel was not naturally inclined to focus on Franco-German relations. “She comes from the former East Germany, and her experience w(...)

Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline: construction is 98 per cent completed on feed that will carry gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Ukraine and Poland have dismissed assurances that a deal between the United States and Germany to end their dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelin(...)

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