Russian president Vladimir holds a joint press conference with the Turkish president after their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on April 3rd, 2018. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

The worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War deepened on Wednesday as the EU backed the integrity of the UK’s investigation into the poi(...)

Russian embassy spokesman Vasily Velichkin:  “In response to their unjustified expulsions of Russian diplomats based on Britain’s proof-free accusations of Russia related to the Skripal case, it should not come as a surprise.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Russia on Friday expelled 59 more diplomats from 23 countries – including one from Ireland – as relations between Moscow and the West continue to dete(...)

Irish Ambassador to Russia Adrian McDaid arriving on Friday at  the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow, to be informed that an Irish diplomat is to be expelled. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

An Irish diplomat is being expelled from Russia in response to the expulsion of a Russian envoy from Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs has co(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel with French president Emmanuel Macron: expressed solidarity with Britain days after the attack. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Several European governments moved closer on Friday to expelling Russian diplomats in a show of support for Britain, which ordered out 23 “undeclared (...)

The waiting area at the outpatient ward. Boost hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan, is run by MSF in partnership with the ministry of public health. Photograph: Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR

In Ireland, tuberculosis (TB) has almost been eradicated. However, worldwide, with an estimated 10 million new cases and 1.7 million deaths each year (...)

Dennis Francis, chief executive of Petroneft Resources. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oil and gas exploration and production company Petroneft Resources has issued an update on its works programme for 2018. The company, which operates(...)

 Russian diplomats and family members leaving the   Russian embassy in central London on Tuesday, March 20th.  British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal  and his daughter Yulia  who  were found suffering from exposure to a rare nerve agent in Salisbury on  March 4th.  Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Britain has stepped up checks on private flights entering the country but has held back from taking further retaliatory action in response to the poi(...)

Vladimir Putin: The system of “managed democracy” that Putin instituted to perpetuate his rule requires the formal rituals of democracy

Few things are certain in politics, but the election of Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as president of Russia is a fairly safe bet. Sunday’s electio(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Donald  Trump also signed on to an unusually strong statement that accused Russia of being behind the “first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the second world war”. Photograph:  Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Nato’s leading powers closed ranks against Vladimir Putin on Thursday as the US unveiled new sanctions against Moscow and joined with France and Germa(...)

Britain’s home secretary Amber Rudd visits the scene where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found after having been poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury. Photograph: Reuters

Almost 200 military personnel will join police in investigating the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter, as Moscow denied any role in t(...)

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