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A ceremony in Lviv to remember people who were killed in the city during protests in 2014. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

For centuries Lviv was a great city of Poland and the Habsburg Empire. Today it remains a quintessentially central European place, from its ramshackle(...)

A man mourns as the bodies of his son and grandchildren, reportedly killed in an air strike, are placed in an ambulance in the rebel-held city of Douma, Syria, on Friday. Photograph:  Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images

Heavy air strikes were reported to have hit rebel-held areas near Damascus as fighting raged across much of western Syria on Friday, hours before a U(...)

A Syrian man walks past a poster bearing a portrait of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on a street in the capital Damascus.   Opponents of Mr Assad expect the government to ignore the planned truce starting on Saturday. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Russian warplanes bombed Syrian rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria and government forces pounded a suburb of the capital on Thursday, ahead of a (...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin  with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/AFP/Getty Images

When Vladimir Putin went to the rescue of the embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and ordered Russian air strikes on Syria last autumn, defenc(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference with Jordan’s foreign minister Nasser Judeh in Amman on Sunday. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday a provisional agreement had been reached with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on terms for a ce(...)

The front page of The Irish Times on Friday, March 19th, 1965. Photograph: The Irish Times

The 17th Dáil has been dissolved and a general election is on the horizon. The leader of Fine Gael at the time, James Dillon, invites the press to Le(...)

Is Russia doomed to suffer under tyranny? The modern form dissected by Pomerantsev’s fine journalism is peculiarly subtle: the trappings of western we(...)

Iraqi pro-government forces drive their armoured vehicles in the Jwaibah area, on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi, on February 8th after they retook the region from Islamic State  group jihadists. Photograph: Al-Dulaimi/AFP/Getty Images

Major powers trying to forge a Syrian peace plan have made almost no progress in overcoming one of the main obstacles to ending the war: deciding who (...)

Lech Walesa in Gdansk in 1983: the Nobel Peace Prize winner has previously acknowledged signing a commitment to be an informant but has insisted he never acted on it.   Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Recently seized documents show that Poland’s former president and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa was a paid informant for the communist-era secret sec(...)

UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, returns from a meeting with Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem, at the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus on Thursday. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

The Russian foreign ministry said Russian and US military officials will take part in the first meeting on Friday of a working group to discuss imple(...)

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