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 A sculpture  in front of the buildings of sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna in Astana, Kazakhstan. Photograph:   Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov

The largest and richest country in Central Asia, Kazakhstan is opening an embassy in Ireland to expand trade between the two countries, learn how to a(...)

Russian  sappers clearing the historic city of Palmyra of mines after it was recaptured from Isis. Photograph: TASS via Getty Images

This week marks the second anniversary of Russia’s direct armed intervention on the Syrian government side, which turned the tide in its favour in the(...)

  UN special envoy  for Syria Staffan de Mistura: hopes progress can be achieved in talks between the Syrian government and militants  in Geneva after ceasefires have been agreed in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Syrian army regained territory from Islamic State in central and eastern Syria on Wednesday as ceasefire talks got under way again in Kazakhstan.(...)

The situation over the missing summonses is likely to ramp up pressure on Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to quantify the problem and resolve it. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government Ministers have expressed concern that the scale of the breath tests controversy may be significantly worse than outlined in two Garda repor(...)

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic take a 5-0 lead to Kazakhstan. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

Manager Brendan Rodgers claims complacency is not an issue as Celtic prepare to defend their healthy 5-0 Champions League play-off lead in Astana. T(...)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: ‘I said right at the beginning that qualification for the Champions League was primarily going to be done with the players that got us there.’   Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire.

Brendan Rodgers trusts his Celtic squad to book their place in the Champions League group stages without Patrick Roberts. The Manchester City winger(...)

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will play Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off. Photograph: Getty Images

Liverpool will play Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off round. The draw sees Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp return to his native Germany and str(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds a walkie-talkie as he sits with a fellow member in al-Manshiyeh neighbourhood in Deraa, Syria. Photograph: Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

The Trump administration’s decision to cancel CIA support for insurgents seeking to topple Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, is unlikely to make muc(...)

Crossing the line to finish second on stage five. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Skin in the game Stage 1, July 1st: Düsseldorf (Germany) to Düsseldorf, 14km time trial It had been 30 years since the Tour last started in Germany, (...)

Aftermath of a reported air strike on the rebel-held town of Ayn Tarma, in Syria. Photograph: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images

The US, Russia and regional countries have reached a ceasefire deal in southwestern Syria, one of the combat zones in a six-year civil war, a US offic(...)

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