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Enforcing tradition

In the dubious spirit of protecting “tradition” – like “patriotism”, often the refuge of the scoundrel – Russia’s lower house, the Duma, on Tuesday un(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila: they have announced their divorce with an uncomfortable joint television interview. Photograph: Aleksey Nikolskyi/ Reuters

Russians are wondering why president Vladimir Putin has broken his silence on personal matters to announce his divorce from wife, Lyudmila, with an un(...)

Vladimir Putin  and his wife, Lyudmila, photographed in 2012. Photograph: Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Vladimir Putin has pulled off one of his most audacious pieces of stagecraft, attending a ballet with his rarely seen wife and then emerging smiling a(...)

Defendants facing trial over clashes with the police during an anti-Putin protest last year, gesture inside a glass-walled cage before a court hearing in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Twelve Russians have gone on trial for their alleged part in clashes during a protest against President Vladimir Putin, in what critics call further p(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  and Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu attend a news conference at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in  Sochi yesterday. Phtotgraph: Maxim Shipenkov/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu flew to the Black Sea resort of Sochi yesterday to make an urgent plea to Russian president Vladimir (...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: following the public outcry, his office announced that the prime minister had been unaware of the cost of ordering the bed. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

The decision by prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to install a double bed on the flight taking him and his wife Sarah to London for Margaret Th(...)

While he always starts a season slowly,  the hope is that Usain Bolt will be on flying form come the World Championships in August. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

Irma Thomas always had it on her side. The Rolling Stones had it covered too. The rest of us just never seem to have enough – and I’m not talki(...)

Italy’s foreign minister Emma Bonino (R) listens as US secretary of state John Kerry answers a question during their joint news conference, after an official meeting in Rome today. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/Reuters.

The United States does not want Russia to sell weapons to Syria and has opposed transfers of missile systems to the country in the past because(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (left) gestures as Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov tries to fix his translation equipment during a joint news conference after their meeting in Moscow yesterday. Russia and the United States have agreed to try to arrange an international conference this month on ending the civil war in Syria, and said both sides in the conflict should take part. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/Reuters

Russia and the United States agreed to bury their differences over Syria and to try to convene international talks with both sides in the civil(...)

 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(...)

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