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Russian president Vladimir Putin tempered surging gas price rises last week by saying Russia was prepared to intervene to stabilise a ‘speculative craze’ on volatile energy markets. Photograph: Getty

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said the country is meeting all requests for gas supplies from Europe, vehemently denying that state-run monopoly(...)

People look out over the Amur river from Blagoveshchensk in Russia to Heihe in China. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Before becoming a businessman and an official in Blagoveshchensk, a Russian city that faces China across the fast-flowing Amur river, Boris Beloborodo(...)

People walk through the Red Square in Moscow as Russia reported a new record high of 968 daily deaths from Covid-19. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty

Russia has reported another record number of daily coronavirus deaths amid a slow vaccination rate and authorities’ reluctance to tighten restrictions(...)

António Guterres: “If we do not act and help Afghans weather this storm, and do it soon, not only they but all the world will pay a heavy price.” Photograph: John Minchillo-Pool/Getty Images

G20 leaders and ministers have agreed they will have no option but to involve the Taliban in sending humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, but say that thi(...)

Surging energy prices have put pressure on governments and policymakers in Europe. Spain, Italy, France and Greece have already agreed subsidies to protect households from higher costs. Photograph: iStock

Gas markets swung sharply on Wednesday after Vladimir Putin said Russia was prepared to stabilise soaring global energy prices that are threatening to(...)

Thick wildfire smoke hangs over Yakutsk in eastern Siberia on August 8th. Photograph: Vadim Skryabinass via Getty Images

Late September brought this winter’s first snowfall to Yakutsk in eastern Siberia, but it is heat, not cold, that worries this city of 300,000 people.(...)

Memorials to more than 6,600 people killed by the Soviet security services from 1937-41 at Kommunarka in southern Moscow. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Genrikh Yagoda surely enjoyed the perks of being a senior secret policeman under Josef Stalin, including the large wooden dacha that was especially bu(...)

Tajikistan president Emomali Rahmon with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow in May. Rahmon is expected to push the Afghan resistance’s case with  Putin in a forthcoming meeting. Photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

As the international community wrestles over whether to recognise the new Taliban regime in Kabul, one country has quickly made clear where it stands.(...)

White House press secretary: Stephanie Grisham listens to Donald Trump in 2019. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Stephanie Grisham, the former Trump White House press secretary perhaps best known for never holding a televised briefing with reporters, plans to rel(...)

This photograph provided by the North Korean government shows what North Korea claims to be a new hypersonic missile launched from Toyang-ri, Ryongrim County, Jagang Province, North Korea, on Tuesday. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korea test-fired a newly developed hypersonic missile this week, state news media KCNA reported on Wednesday, joining a race headed by major mi(...)

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