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US vice-president Kamala Harris (4-L) poses for a photo as president Joe Biden (C) signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/Pool/EPA

A new national holiday commemorating the end of slavery was signed into law by US president Joe Biden on Thursday, as he returned to work in the White(...)

A closed playground in Moscow.   Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin has ordered the closure of    children’s playgrounds and sports and entertainment grounds in the city due to the fresh wave of   Covid-19 infections. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Moscow and at least three Russian regions have made coronavirus vaccinations compulsory for some residents, as officials in much of the country reluct(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with US president Joe Biden prior to the US-Russia summit at the Villa La Grange, in Geneva on June 16th. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Sometimes it’s the words one doesn’t say that tell the real story. In his press conference following his meeting with US president Joe Biden, Russian (...)

Josep Borrell, the high representative of the union for foreign affairs and security policy, during a news conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Pool/EPA

The European Union must expect a further deterioration in relations with Russia even though ties have already sunk to their “lowest level”, EU foreign(...)

Russia’s Soyuz MS-09 rocket: Russia and China intend to build a permanent moon base by 2030. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Sixty-three years ago, the Soviet Union put the first satellite in space. Nearly four years later, it sent the first man into orbit, Yuri Gagarin. It (...)

US president Joe Biden sits in a limousine in Geneva. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Pool/AFP via Getty

Joe Biden will hold his first meeting as US president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday, on the final stop of his week-long tr(...)

National flags of the US and Russia at the waterfront near Villa La Grange ahead of the US-Russia summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

Vladimir Putin will come face-to-face with his fifth US president when he meets Joe Biden in Geneva today. When Putin and Bill Clinton had their first(...)

US president Joe Biden speaking with British prime minister Boris Johnson at a Nato summit in Brussels on Monday. Photograph:  Olivier Matthys/POOL/EPA

The cold war film Dr Strangelove owes its shelf-life to its portrait of US-UK, not US-Soviet, relations. The straight man of the piece is a British ex(...)

 Belarusian opposition activist Roman Protasevich;   chairman of the investigative committee Dmitry Gora;   Belarusian transport and communications ministry director  Artyom Sikorsky; chief of the air force    Maj Gen Igor Golub; and   Col  Andrey Filatov attend a press conference held by the Belarusian foreign ministry. Photograph: Ramil Nasibulin/EPA

He faces more than a decade in a grisly Belarusian prison for his political activities, but on Monday, Roman Protasevich took a seat beside generals a(...)

US president Joe Biden and Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg  talk at a memorial for the September 11th terrorist attacks after a summit at Nato headquarters in Brussels. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Nato has declared China a security threat for the first time in a joint statement expressing concern about increased assertiveness and a build up of n(...)

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