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South Sudanese children gather in a refugee camp:  migration pacts may be among the big flashpoints in geopolitics to come. Photograph:  Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

Most predictions about the future of technology age badly, but even the least prescient of them can tell us a great deal about the present. If a singl(...)

People queue to cast their votes at the entrance of a polling station during parliamentary elections in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Russia has begun three days of voting for a new parliament that is unlikely to change the country's political complexion. There's no expectation that United Russia, the party devoted to President Vladimir Putin, will lose its dominance in the State Duma. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have accused US tech giants Apple and Google of a “shameful” act of censorship after they bo(...)

Natalia Vigak, the deputy head of the election commission, arrives for early voting at the Mutnovskaya geothermal power plant in the Elizovsky district of Russian. Photograph: Alexander Petrov/AP Photo

Kiev has condemned Russia’s plan to allow hundreds of thousands of people living in militia-run parts of eastern Ukraine to vote in Sunday’s Russian p(...)

People watch a TV at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea showing a file image of a North Korean missile launch.  The unidentified type of missiles were fired from central inland areas of the North on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph:  Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Kim Jong-un is increasing the frequency of smaller-scale weapons provocations as the North Korean dictator upgrades his nuclear and chemical weapons a(...)

Russian servicemen march during the opening ceremony of the “Zapad” joint drills carried out by  the Russian and Belarusian armed forces  this week. Photograph:  Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry/AFP

Russia and Belarus have started major joint drills near their western borders involving dozens of military aircraft and warships, hundreds of tanks an(...)

Russian emergencies minister and former Kremlin bodyguard Yevgeny Zinichev was killed during an Arctic training exercise. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Russian emergencies minister and former Kremlin bodyguard Yevgeny Zinichev has been killed while reportedly trying to save another man from a fatal fa(...)

Afghan evacuees arrive at Pristina International Airport in Kosovo last month: these families and individuals are refugees, not illegal migrants. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

The European Council’s statement last Tuesday on the Afghanistan crisis is shocking. Words like “illegal migration” and “unauthorised entries” dominat(...)

UK Brexit minister David Frost looks on as prime minister Boris Johnson signs the Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the UK and the EU, the Brexit trade deal, at 10 Downing Street in December 2020. Photograph: Leon Neal/Pool/AFP via Getty

As MPs prepare to return to Westminster next week, they are preoccupied with the fallout from the western powers’ withdrawal from Afghanistan and fear(...)

US president Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukraine’s president, in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday. Photograph:   Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg

Joe Biden sought to reassure Ukraine of Washington’s “ironclad” commitment to its sovereignty and opposition to “Russian aggression” at a White House (...)

European Council president Charles Michel. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

European capitals and top EU officials are trying to deepen co-operation with central Asian states to evacuate people from Afghanistan and ensure that(...)

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