Members of Jehovah’s Witnesses wait in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on April 20, 2017. Russia’s Supreme Court banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating in the country.
(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Last week a Russian, Sergei Skrynnikov, was charged with “participating in an extremist organization" because he is allegedly a Jehovah’s Witness.
A Likud party election campaign billboard outside Jerusalem reads: ‘Netanyahu is a different league’.
The US president's tweet declaring the US would recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian territory was unexpected and will do nothing for regional stability.
‘Games without frontiers, war without tears …’
Five years after Crimea returned to Russia, the east-west stalemate over Ukraine is far from stable.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime has yet to show it differs from that of Robert Mugabe.
The debate on sanctions on Zimbabwe has been lost in the southern African region and on the continent.
If you think Americans are suckers for conspiracies theories, you ought to hear some of the theories that are popular in Putin's Russia.
Aid from UNICEF being distributed to Syrian refugees at a flooded camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Jan. 10, 2019.
The Syrian civil war has ended, but there are millions of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. With danger from a hostile regime back in Syria, what will happen to them now?
Vietnam’s President Nguyen Phu Trong with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met in Hanoi on November 19, 2018.
Luong Thai Linh/AFP
A small country surrounded by giants such as China, Russia and the United States, Vietnam long ago learned to work with its neighbours and assert its independence.
Metropolitan Epiphanius, head of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which is newly independent of the Russian Orthodox Church.
AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky
Ukraine's Orthodox Church recently broke off from Russia. This dispute has a history that goes back to medieval Christianity, and continues to shape modern-day politics.
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Revolut recently got an EU banking licence from Lithuania but it's facing some political headwinds.
Polar bears 'invading' a Russian village have renewed concern over climate change in the Arctic, but human-wildlife conflicts are flaring up everywhere.
The presidents of Russia and Egypt.
AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool
Russia's efforts to sow discord, discontent and chaos extend far beyond the US, including into leading media outlets in the Arab world.
Angolan President Joao Lourenco and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Johannesburg in 2018.
EPA-EFE/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin Pool
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has new aspirations in Africa in pursuit of his country's assertiveness in the global arena.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP
A Cold War era treaty helped dismantle more than 2,500 missiles between the US and Russia.
Artist’s concept of Beresheet on the lunar surface.
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The private space race is about to take another great leap as Israel sends a private lander to the moon.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2015. In the 2018 Transparency International report, Venezuela ranks 168 and Russia ranks 138. The least-corrupt country in the world is Denmark, followed by strong democracies such as New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.
The rankings in Transparency International's 2018 index shows that highly democratic countries tend to have low levels of corruption. Is there something inherent in corruption that can kill democracy?
Military action during the NATO-led military exercise in Trondheim, Norway on Oct. 30, 2018. The NATO exercises included some 3,000 troops, 20 ships, several tanks and about 50 aircraft from various nations.
(Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix via AP)
Military exercises are more than just 'war games' -- they're aimed at signalling military capability and intent. But NATO must honour its commitment to transparency, and pressure Russia to do the same.
Look out for Russian influence.
European countries, especially the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have confronted Russian disinformation campaigns for decades. The US can learn from their experience.
All too often the Arctic region is portrayed as an area on the cusp of military invasion. This is an easy narrative to sell. But is there really a new Cold War coming?
Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih.
AP Photo/Ronald Zak
The oil-exporting organization may have mustered the political will to cut production, but its disunity remains intact.
In 2014, this boy was affected by what activists say was a gas attack on the Syrian town of Telminnes; the most recent chemical attack was reported in late November, 2018
For decades, international law did not allow one country to attack another that was using chemical weapons on its own people without UN approval. That’s changed, which means trouble for Syria.