Politics

Latvia parliamentary elections under way

Governing centre-right coalition likely to return to power in election dominated by country's relationship with Russia.

Politics

Humble umbrella symbolises Hong Kong protests

Used to shield demonstrators from tear gas and pepper spray, accessory has become motif for calls for political reform.

Politics

NATO to bolster defence in eastern Europe

Military capabilities in eastern Europe to be stepped up following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and Ukraine crisis.

Environment

Europe: Weaning itself off Russian energy

Russia's invasion of Crimea has accelerated European efforts to cultivate new sources of energy.

Latvia

Latvia's victory day shows security tensions

As Latvia still struggles with its Soviet-ruled past, the population eyes current regional tussles with unease.

Politics

Lithuanian president to face run-off election

Dalia Grybauskaite to face Zigmantas Balcytis after failing to receive 50 percent of votes needed for first-round win.

Opinion

Is Putin going all the way in Ukraine?

Ukraine stands on the precipice of war as pressure mounts on Putin, seen as 'saviour' of the Eastern Slavic world.

by Peter Zalmayev

Opinion

Ukraine: Lies, propaganda and the West's agenda

Is the Western narrative obscuring what's really going on in Ukraine?

by Alastair Sloan

Sport

Can snooker have a global representation?

Tour has seen events increase from seven to 32 in last four years but majority of players and winners are from the UK.

Opinion

Shakespeare: World writer

Shakespeare gave his travel-obsessed Elizabethan audience a chance to enjoy the representation of new places.

by Kate Williams

Opinion

Eastern Ukraine: A new pawn in Putin's dangerous game

By issuing ultimatums and then failing to follow up, Kiev has further emboldened the rabble-rousers.

by Peter Zalmayev

Opinion

The failure of post-Soviet bloc democratisation

How to put post-Soviet republics on track for healthy and sustainable development.

by Vartan Oskanian

Opinion

Ukraine crisis: Will the drumbeat lead to war?

Even without an armed conflict, Russia's Crimean adventure has set it on a course of protracted collision with the West.

by Peter Zalmayev

Africa

Ukraine crisis 'thwarting CAR efforts'

EU diplomat says Ukraine crisis is making nervous eastern European countries want to keep their troops at home.

Sport

Li Na shocked in Indian Wells semis

Flavia Pennetta upsets world number two to join Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of BNP Paribas Open