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Northern Ireland needs the short, sharp shock of direct rule

Northern Ireland has now been without a power-sharing executive for just over four hundred consecutive days. That’s considerably longer than..The …

United Kingdom

UK foreign policy did contribute to terror, but not in the way Corbyn implies.

After both the Manchester and London Bridge terror attacks, party political campaigning was briefly suspended. However, Islamic terrorism has …

The US intervention in Libya was a key turning point for Putin in his attitude toward the US

The intervention was spearheaded by the secretary of state at the time, Hillary Clinton, who persuaded President Barack Obama, wary of war with yet another Muslim country, to join a NATO-led coalition in ousting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.<p>At the time of the Libyan intervention, Putin was …

Russia

Ukraine turns a blind eye to ultrarightist militia

MARINKA, Ukraine — A jeep hurtles down a long, potholed road toward the front line. Inside, Misha, Monarch and Dinamo balance their assault rifles between their legs. The mood is upbeat; it has been days since these militiamen traded fire with their enemy entrenched across no man’s land.<p>They …

Russia

I've been visiting Russia for nearly 30 years. I've never seen Russians prouder than under Putin.

One evening in October 2015, my Russian friend Valera and I went to the movies in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. There was a multiplex not far from his apartment, and with a dozen movies to choose from, we decided to see <i>The Martian</i>.<p>As we walked out of the movie, I asked how he liked it. To my …

Russia
Russia

Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool ready for Manchester City after seeing off Stoke

• Manager upbeat after 4-1 win in front of watching Pep Guardiola • Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield on New Year’s Eve<p>Jürgen Klopp claimed Pep Guardiola’s presence in the crowd was a sign of the importance of Manchester City’s visit to Anfield on New Year’s Eve, as Liverpool warmed up with …

Russia
North Africa

Pro-Russia presidential candidates tipped to win in Bulgaria and Moldova

Elections in the former Soviet bloc countries pose a test for the EU against an increasingly expansionist Russia<p>Voters in Bulgaria and Moldova could extend Moscow’s influence in eastern Europe on Sunday in potential fresh blows to the European Union.<p>Bulgarians are expected to elect a …

Azerbaijan are the revelation of the World Cup qualifiers, says Prosinecki

The Croatian's team are on target for a play-off spot after two wins and a draw and he says that while no one expected their results they are now confident they can shock anyone<p><b>EXCLUSIVE</b><p>Azerbaijan manager Robert Prosinecki feels his side are the relevation of the World Cup qualifiers after moving …

'Keep Russia strong,' Putin tells newly elected Duma

Speaking at the first Duma plenary meeting since September's elections, Putin has called on Russia to assert its position on the international stage. …

In Ukraine, Jews witness historic echoes in pogroms against the Roma

Pogroms have returned to Ukraine, but this time the violence is not directed at the Jews.<p>At the end of August, about 10 Roma families numbering …

Kyrgyzstan president: 'Women in mini skirts don't become suicide bombers'

<b>Women can become radicalised to become terrorists if they put on Islamic dress, the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, has claimed in his most recent intervention in a national debate on cultural identity.</b><p>Speaking at a press conference last week, President Atambayev also attacked those in …

Extremism

Download and Install Google Nexus Launcher on Your Android

While we sit tight for data about the new Nexus devices, folks over at hole land made a truly decent showing with regards to, giving us a first look …

Android News

Russia poses no threat to NATO members - Hungarian FM

Claims that Russia is preparing to invade one of its NATO-member neighbors run counter to reality, Hungary's foreign minister believes, despite what …

'Your son has become a martyr': the Russian fighters from Dagestan rising up the ranks of Islamic State

Last December, Amir received a message from a local number he did not recognise. It said: “Your son has become a martyr."<p>It was news he had been dreading for months, since his son unexpectedly vanished from the family home in Russia’s north Caucasus republic of Dagestan.<p>“I don’t even know where he …

Chernobyl could be reinvented as a solar farm, says Ukraine

Ministers create presentation to show how idle land around nuclear disaster site can be used to produce renewable energy<p>The contaminated nuclear wasteland around Chernobyl could be turned into one of the world’s largest solar farms, producing nearly a third of the electricity that the stricken …

The Greatest Statue You've Never Seen Is a 100-Foot Soviet War Memorial Made of Stone

The face of Courage.<p>The stern face of a Red Army soldier frowns down at the ruins of Brest Fortress, shattered by the Nazis' surprise attack in 1941. The defenders, surrounded, outnumbered and with no prospect of relief, fought on stubbornly and held up the German advance for several days. In …

St. Petersburg

Alt city guide to Belfast

The subculture that always existed beyond Northern Ireland’s old divisions has come to the fore in Belfast, energising the city’s music, food, drink and art scenes<p>Art enables people to assert their individuality in the face of hostile prevailing orthodoxies. In 20th century Northern Ireland, that …

World's largest Yazidi temple under construction in Armenia

The new complex will also feature a museum and seminary, designed as a symbol of resilience for persecuted worshippers<p>A huge Yazidi temple is under construction in a small Armenian village, intended as a symbol of resilience for a persecuted religious tradition.<p>The temple is being built in …

Facebook reportedly blocked in Armenia during unrest in the capital

Facebook appeared to be blocked for a period in Armenia Sunday, according to locals on Twitter.<p>Only one day after Twitter was throttled in Turkey …

Novella by Saddam Hussein gets English translation

Described by publisher as ‘a mix between Game of Thrones and the UK House of Cards-style fiction’, the book is due out in December<p>A novella written by Saddam Hussein, and finished in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq war, is set to be translated into English for the first time by a UK …

Mikhail Gorbachev says Nato is escalating Cold War with Russia 'into a hot one'

Former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev has accused Nato of preparing for "offensive operations" against Russia.<p>As the Western alliance held a summit …

Geopolitics

Schopenhauer on What Makes a Genius and the Crucial Difference Between Talent and Genius

“Genius is the power of leaving one’s own interests, wishes, and aims entirely out of sight… so as to remain pure knowing subject, clear vision of the world.”<p><i>“Genius gives birth, talent delivers,”</i> Jack Kerouac asserted in contemplating whether great artists are born or made. <i>“Talent is</i> …

Creativity

The U.S. should say 'Armenian genocide.' In fact, it's done that before

<b>To the editor:</b> Your article about Pope Francis riling Turkey with the use of the word "genocide" to describe what happened to Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 fails to mention that the U.S. had recognized the Armenian genocide until 1951. ("Pope prays at Armenia memorial after …

South Asia

The most impressive underground railway stations in Europe

College Basketball

Georgia on his mind: Chris Morgan Jones’s Tbilisi highlights

The Georgian capital, the setting for the author’s latest spy novel, is ‘like a European city that grew up in a different universe’<p><b>Georgia is a gift to a novelist: it seems to change every 10 miles</b>. Tbilisi and the mountains in the north-east – the places I use in my new book – are particularly …

Tajiks vote on allowing president to rule for life

Polls closed in ex-Soviet Tajikistan on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional changes almost certain to strengthen the hold of long-time President Emomali Rahmon and his family over the Central Asian state.<p>The country's electoral commission, which declared the vote valid, said some 88.3 percent …

Tajikistan