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Chinese president Xi Jinping spent seven years in Liangjiahe living in primitive conditions. Photograph: Mark R. Cristino/EPA

In the cave in Liangjiahe where the 15-year-old Xi Jinping was sent in 1969 during the ravages of the Cultural Revolution, there is a felt mattress on(...)

Audio features the beeps of the spacecraft’s telemetry, Sir Bernard Lovell’s narration and Russian voices talking about instrument readings

At the height of the space race, the Soviet Union launched a series of probes under its Zond programme. Zond 4 to 8 were test flights ahead of its att(...)

A view of an independence march in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka/EPA

Poland’s leaders marked a century of national independence on Sunday, joining about 200,000 people marching through the capital in a parade involving (...)

Cuba’s  Miguel Diaz-Canel shakes hands with Russian president Vladimir Putin  in the Kremlin during his state visit. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov

Russia has rolled out the welcome mat for the visiting Cuban leader, Miguel Diaz-Canel, promising to bolster political and economic ties even as its t(...)

The Russian Bellingshausen station in Antarctica, the site of the alleged stabbing. Photograph: Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

A researcher at Russia’s Antarctic station stabbed a kitchen knife into his colleague because he was “fed up with the man telling him the endings of b(...)

Guitarist Rory Gallagher: Photograph:  Andrew Putler/Redferns

The brother of legendary Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher has lent his support to an online campaign by music fans to persuade Cork City Council to name(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and Czech prime minister Andrej Babis in Prague on Friday. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron is in Prague on Saturday on the second day of a two-day visit to Slovakia and the Czech Republic, interpreted as an a(...)

The Russian Bellingshausen station in Antarctica, the site of the alleged stabbing. Photograph: Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

A researcher at Russia’s Antarctic station has reportedly stabbed and injured a colleague in an apparent emotional breakdown. The Interfax news agenc(...)

An Ural Airlines aircraft. In June SB Leasing Ireland agreed to lease 14 new Boeing 737 Max-9 aircraft to the airline in a transaction worth $739m over 12 years.  Photograph: Getty Images

Sberbank, Russia’s largest lender, is expanding its Irish aviation leasing business even as losses stack up and as the US prepares new sanctions whic(...)

Election officials open a ballot box during Latvia’s parliamentary election, in Riga. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

A pro-Russia party has won the most votes in Latvia’s parliamentary election. Dissatisfied Latvians rejected the right-of-centre ruling coalition in (...)

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