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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(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin presents a historical lithograph to Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel after their meeting at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, Russia, today. Photograph: Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian president Vladimir Putin today that German art seized by the Soviets in the aftermath of the second Worl(...)

Dina Garipova of Russia performs the song “What If” during the final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest at the Malmo Opera Hall in Malmo at the weekend. Photograph: Jessica Gow/Scanpix Sweden/Reuters

Moscow has clashed with the European Union over human rights and with Nato over security. Now another longstanding European institution is cau(...)

Renowned theatre director Vincent Dowling has died at the age of 83. Mr Dowling had a long and distinguished association with the Abbey T(...)

Barbara Hewson has caused a controversy over comments in an article about the age of consent

A leading barrister in the UK has called for for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 in an attempt to end the “persecution of old men” such (...)

From left, Clement Attlee, Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam Conference in July 1945

In a hotel room in Soho, the American historian Peter Kuznick starts telling me about the origins of his and Oliver Stone’s television series, The (...)

President Nicos Anastasiades, in his negotiation with the troika a week ago, appears to have opted for a levy on supposedly secured deposits under ¤100,000 for the sake of a lighter levy on those over ¤100,000. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/Reuters

Most of what has been written on the Cypriot financial crisis has naturally focused on Eu ropean and global economic concerns – the prospects f(...)

‘All the shame of the era is being dumped on the religious orders.” These words, from a nun involved in managing a Magdalene laundry, broadcast(...)

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