Opinion

A confrontation in Idlib remains inevitable

Without a long-term political solution to the Syrian conflict, the fate of Idlib will likely be determined militarily.

Joe Macaron

by Joe Macaron

Joe Macaron

Religion

Russian Orthodox Church splits from Constantinople over Ukraine

The Constantinople Patriarchate's recognition of Ukraine's Orthodox Church as independent leads to Russia cutting ties.

Russian Orthodox Church splits from Constantinople over Ukraine

Syria's War

Sole crossing between Syria and Israel-occupied Golan reopens

Two key borders reopen in a major boost to the Syrian government as it takes over most rebels areas.

Sole crossing between Syria and Israel-occupied Golan reopens

Syria's War

Deadline passes for Syria's Idlib buffer without fighters leaving

Armed groups were supposed to withdraw from the buffer as a final condition to implementing a Russian-Turkish agreement.

Syria's War

Shells fired from buffer zone, soldiers killed: Monitor

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels, government forces exchanged fire, violating deal to remove heavy arms.

Shells fired from Syria buffer zone, soldiers killed: SOHR

Russia

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny freed from prison

Navalny, one of Putin's biggest political rivals, was in prison for organising protests against the Kremlin.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny freed from prison

Opinion

Decentralisation in Syria: A lesser evil

History shows that decentralisation could be an effective way to resolve tensions in diverse societies.

Leonid Issaev

by Leonid Issaev
- Andrey Zakharov

Leonid Issaev

Europe

Ukraine's Orthodox Church is now independent of Russia

Ukraine's president is declaring a victory, while Russia warns of geopolitical and religious conflict.

Kazakhstan

Soyuz crew in lucky escape after mid-air rocket failure

The space travellers landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan after a Russian booster rocket failed.

Battle for Idlib

Syria: Rebels comply and pull heavy weapons out of Idlib

Withdrawal of heavy arms by rebel groups fulfills first part of Russian-Turkish deal to avoid Idlib assault.

Syria: Rebels comply and pull heavy weapons out of Idlib

Skripal poisoning

Second suspect in Skripal poisoning identified: Report

The man was identified as Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian GRU intelligence service.

Second suspect in Skripal poisoning identified: Research group

Russia

Why do countries want to buy the Russian S-400?

The system is an upgrade to the S-300, which Syria recently purchased, with potential clients such as India and Turkey.

Why do countries want to buy the Russian S-400?

Sport

Khabib on UFC McGregor brawl: 'He talked about my religion'

Muslim Russian fighter leaps into McGregor's corner and sparks scuffles after retaining lightweight title in Las Vegas.

Khabib on UFC McGregor brawl: 'He talked about my religion'

Syria's War

Syria rebels begin moving heavy arms from Idlib buffer zone

The move is part of a deal signed between Russia, a Syrian government ally, and Turkey, which backs the rebels.

Latvia

Latvia elections: Pro-Russia, Pro-Europe parties see gains

A quarter of Latvia's population is ethnic Russians, bolstering support for the Harmony party.

Latvia elections: Pro-Russia, Pro-Europe parties see gains