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Russian opposition figure  and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny: Germany said he was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Few people had heard of the nerve agent Novichok until 2018, when western officials accused Russia of having used it in the attempted assassination o(...)

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny: Fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20th. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin after stating that Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition activist, was poisoned with the c(...)

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, former candidate for the Belarus presidential elections,  in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Friday, August  21st 2020. Photograph: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP

Belarusian politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who has led the biggest challenge to Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule of Belarus, said in an inter(...)

 Yuliya Stepanova helped lift the lid on the extent of the doping problem within Russian sport. Photograph: Getty Images

Two books more or less about running arrived in the post last week, one I didn’t expect and wanted to read, the other like a blast from the past and I(...)

Health authorities perform random tests for Covid-19 on passengers arriving by ship from Italy in recent days in Corfu, Greece. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Getty

More than 20.42 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 744,649 have died, according to Johns Hopkins U(...)

The winding facility for the construction of poloidal field coils during the launch of the assembly stage of nuclear fusion machine Tokamak of  the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) in Saint-Paul-les-Durance, France. Photograph: Clement Mahoudeau/AFP via Getty Images

The world’s largest nuclear fusion project moved to “assembly phase” on Tuesday in southern France, with the first ultra-hot plasma energy source expe(...)

A team of 217 Cuban health professionals arrive in Pretoria, South Africa, on April 27th, to help in the fight against coronavirus. Photograph: Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images

The mayor of one of Italy’s biggest cities was effusive in her praise for the Cuban medics who spent three months in the country helping fight coronav(...)

People carry a banner reading “Freedom for Furgal!”, during an unauthorised rally in support of Sergei Furgal in the city of Khabarovsk on Saturday. Photograph: Aleksandr Yanyshev/AFP

At least 10,000 people marched in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Saturday, demanding the release of a popular regional governor detaine(...)

Mary Mooney and Viola Montgomery, mother of Olen, one of the Scottsboro Boys, photographed together in April 1932. Credit: Labour Defender.

In late February 1932, Mary Mooney, an 84-year-old woman from Mayo, stood on a stage before thousands in New York’s Coliseum theatre. Weary from trave(...)

 Rodrigo Londoño   has swapped a life in jungle camps planning ambushes and kidnappings for a new routine of bedtime story-reading to his infant son, shared via Instagram. Photograph:  Daniel Garzon Herazo/NurPhoto via Getty Images

He has enough enemies to fill a telephone directory and the United States once put a $5 million (€4.4 million) bounty on his head. But Rodrigo Londoño(...)

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