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A girl waves towards police officers in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh yesterday. A large security operation is in place around Enniskillen and Lough Erne ahead of the G8 summit, which begins today. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The escalating civil war in Syria is rising to the fore of the agenda for the G8 summit in Co Fermanagh as world leaders gather today at Lough Erne f(...)

Ferghal Purcell: “Nothing will ever compare to it.”

There will be no pomp and no ceremony; it’s just dinner for 10. Not every hotel manager could muster such a relaxed outlook on the eve of hosting eigh(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron greets Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in Downing Street this afternoon. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin tonight issued a blunt warning to the West not to arm Syrian rebels who “eat the organs” of their enemies.Following t(...)

Advertising on the road to the G8 summit in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, ahead of the G8 summit. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The G8 leaders meeting this week in Co Fermanagh can help end world hunger by preventing multinational companies avoid tax, the Archbishop of York has(...)

French president Francois Hollande will use next week’s G8 summit in Co Fermanagh to ask Russian president Vladimir Putin to pressurise Syria to take part in peace talks. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The French feel strongly about one particular aspect of the three Ts – trade, tax and transparency – that British prime minister David Cameron has mad(...)

Enforcing tradition

In the dubious spirit of protecting “tradition” – like “patriotism”, often the refuge of the scoundrel – Russia’s lower house, the Duma, on Tuesday un(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila: they have announced their divorce with an uncomfortable joint television interview. Photograph: Aleksey Nikolskyi/ Reuters

Russians are wondering why president Vladimir Putin has broken his silence on personal matters to announce his divorce from wife, Lyudmila, with an un(...)

Vladimir Putin  and his wife, Lyudmila, photographed in 2012. Photograph: Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Vladimir Putin has pulled off one of his most audacious pieces of stagecraft, attending a ballet with his rarely seen wife and then emerging smiling a(...)

Defendants facing trial over clashes with the police during an anti-Putin protest last year, gesture inside a glass-walled cage before a court hearing in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Twelve Russians have gone on trial for their alleged part in clashes during a protest against President Vladimir Putin, in what critics call further p(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  and Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu attend a news conference at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in  Sochi yesterday. Phtotgraph: Maxim Shipenkov/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu flew to the Black Sea resort of Sochi yesterday to make an urgent plea to Russian president Vladimir (...)

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