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Opposition demonstrators help a wounded man during a protest outside the  Georgian parliament in the early hours of Friday. Photograph: Zurab Tsertsvadze/AP

Georgians protested again on Friday after earlier trying to storm their parliament to stop a visit by a deputy from Russia, which defeated the pro-wes(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin addresses the crowd at  a concert marking the fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, in  Simferopol. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov

Russian president Vladimir Putin has visited Crimea to celebrate five years since he annexed it from Ukraine, as the West urged him to reverse the mov(...)

Missile fire  over Daraa, Syria, on Thursday. Photograph: Alaa al Faqir/Reuters

Israel claims to have destroyed dozens of Iranian military targets across Syria in one of its biggest air operations in recent decades. Thursday morn(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  in the House of Commons yesterday.

Chemical weapons have been used more than 50 times in Syria’s ghastly civil war, according to international investigators, only occasionally attractin(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “If the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen,” he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and ordered the Russian military to begin a partial withdrawal from the w(...)

A file photoshowing soldiers giving first aid to a female after special forces entered her school in Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia. Photograph: EPA

Russia broke European human rights law by using excessive force to storm a school seized by Islamist militants in 2004, causing a high number of hosta(...)

Ion Tiron: “I want to help people and raise awareness of the people suffering in Moldova. Sport doesn’t have a language or skin colour. Sport unites everybody.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Ion Lazarenco Tiron’s friends and family thought he’d gone crazy when he announced his plan to swim nearly 240km in just over a week. “I’d done sport(...)

Rescue services  lift a fragment of a crashed jet  plane from  the Black Sea, outside Sochi, Russia. Photograph: Vladimir Velengurin/Emergency Situations Ministry Photo/ AP

Russian search teams have found the main flight recorder belonging to a military aircraft that crashed into the Black Sea, killing all 92 on board, th(...)

A martyoshka doll showing Donald Trump, US  president elect, left, sits beside a doll showing Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, dressed as a military pilot, in a souvenir store in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The Kremlin was quick to congratulate Donald Trump on Wednesday morning and Russia’s lower house of parliament broke into applause when the result of (...)

A vendor sells corn on the cob and noodles on the last day of Eid al-Adha celebrations in the rebel-held besieged town of Hamouriyeh, eastern Ghouta, near Damascus.  Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Russia and a war monitor said the Syrian army had begun to withdraw from a road into Aleppo on Thursday, a prerequisite for pressing ahead with intern(...)

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