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The UN resolution is intended to require Syria to comply with the US-Russia accord reached in Geneva last week, which set a timetable for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to declare, secure and then eliminate his entire arsenal of chemical weapons. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Syria has submitted details of its chemical weapons to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, the organisation said(...)

The CIA is not only the most paranoid and insecure agency in town – as bipolar as Clare Danes’s character Carrie in Homeland – it might also be the most image-conscious.

Carrie Mathison may be banished from the fictional CIA on Homeland, but she was welcomed with open arms at the real one on Monday. “Our field trip to (...)

Rochus Misch served as bodyguard to Nazi leader and German chancellor Adolf Hitler for most of the Second World War. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Rochus Misch, who served as Adolf Hitler’s devoted bodyguard for most of the Second World War and was the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader’s (...)

Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa after   meeting  then taoiseach Charles Haughey at Shannon airport. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dear Prime Minister Haughey,I know that you have followed our successful efforts to develop a bipartisan consensus behind US policy toward Central Ame(...)

Mikhail  Gorbachev and Charles Haughey after their  meeting  at Shannon airport. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stopped over at Shannon on April 2nd, 1989, on his way to Cuba, for a meeting with then taoiseach Char(...)

Latvia’s finance minister Andris Vilks speaks during a news conference on the adoption of the euro  in Brussels today. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

The euro zone will embrace Latvia as its newest member from next year, eager to show that the bloc is not disintegrating despite doubts about souther(...)

Gyula Horn(R) and his Austrian counterpart Alois Mock cut the "Iron curtain" in the Hungarian-Austrian border in this June 27th, 1989 file photo.

Gyula Horn was a former leader of Hungary who in 1989 ripped a hole in the Iron Curtain, helping to set off months of tumultuous change in which commu(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin  has championed socially conservative values since starting a new, six-year term in May 2012. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law today banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples as part of an increasingly conservative agend(...)

Testing is carried out on the Glonass-M space navigation satellite in the Siberian town of Zheleznogorsk, 50 km  northeast of Krasnoyarsk. An unmanned Russian rocket carrying three navigation satellites crashed shortly after lift-off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan today. Photograph:  Ilya Naymushin/Files/Reuters.

An unmanned Russian rocket carrying three navigation satellites crashed shortly after lift-off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Ka(...)

Abu al-Taib, the leader of Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion, demonstrates to female members as he holds a gun during a military training in a mosque in the Seif El Dawla neighbourhood in Aleppo on Monday. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

An opposition monitoring group that has tracked Syria’s widening civil war said today that more than 100,000 people had died in the 27-month confli(...)

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