Latvia parliamentary elections under way

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


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.


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.


Europe: Weaning itself off Russian energy

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


Latvia's victory day shows security tensions

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


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.


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


Ukraine: Lies, propaganda and the West's agenda

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

by Alastair Sloan


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.


Shakespeare: World writer

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

by Kate Williams


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


The failure of post-Soviet bloc democratisation

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

by Vartan Oskanian


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


Ukraine crisis 'thwarting CAR efforts'

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


Li Na shocked in Indian Wells semis

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