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Even leaving glass bottles out for collection carries a social stigma.
A worker at a Lukoil site in Siberia.
When you pick apart the strange economics of global energy markets, it becomes clear how the incredible power of Riyadh can take other countries to the brink.
Can Turkey still straddle two worlds?
Turkey is the one of the U.S.'s most important allies in the Mideast, but recent actions such as the downing of a Russian fighter raise important questions about its reliability as a partner.
Marina Litvinenko has called for action against Russia over her husband’s death.
Putin's personal involvement is speculative, but report findings will cast a long shadow over Anglo-Russian relations.
A public inquiry says the murder of the former Russian spy was probably approved by Vladimir Putin. So how will the UK react?
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The cyberattack that brought down a city's power supply in Ukraine is a cautionary tale for what lies ahead.
A protest flag depicts Jarosław Kaczyński as Poland’s puppet master.
The new, nationalist government is cutting ties in all directions, but it could soon run out of options.
Watching Putin’s end-of-year news conference in Sevastopol, Crimea.
The "hot" phase of the Ukraine conflict may have passed, but Moscow and Kiev are hardly warming to each other.
The past year hasn't worked out so well for Russia – and the Kremlin's ability to weather the storms ahead is looking shaky.
These two powers have lurched between friendship and war for centuries.
Russian jet shot down on November 24.
In the wake of Paris and the Russian jet incident, Europe is facing the mother of all challenges over security and refugees. Where does it go from here?
Warfare is changing, and our approach to dealing with our adversaries must change too.
The Turkish Embassy in Moscow under siege.
The downing of Russia’s plane by Turkish military forces over the skies of the Syrian-Turkish border has added yet another layer of complexity to the vortex of conflict in the Middle East. Most of the…
In Egypt, the Great Pyramid was illuminated with the French, Russian and Lebanese flags in solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks, but most of the focus in the West has been on the victims in Paris.
Selective sympathy raises troubling questions. If you neglect suffering in other places, it is much more difficult to mobilise political actors to take it seriously.
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Vladimir Putin has been proved right again as Western priorities shift from removing Assad to destroying Islamic State.
Russia has lots of gas – but needs a lot of heat.
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Russia wants recognition for its huge forests and will ensure any climate deal doesn't harm its economic interests.
The moon makes its own Olympic bid.
When the integrity of sport lies tarnished, it is the right time to end the merry-go-round of Olympic bids and national oversight over performance and doping.
The “Armstrong era” forced cycling into deep soul-searching.
A massive doping problem in the Lance Armstrong era has inspired some useful reform ideas, but governance issues must be solved as well.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma being welcomed on his arrival in Khartoum by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir earlier this year.
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South Africa's withdrawal from the ICC could have mere symbolic value. The country will continue to have obligations to binding decisions taken by the UN Security Council – including those pertaining to the court.
Feet to the fire. Is athletics going the way of cycling?
Where can sport go when performance-related doping always seems one step ahead? The WADA report should open the door to a more rational future.