» British Library wanted to buy archive of double agent Kim Philby from his widow
22/07/24 19:01 from Russia | The Guardian
National Archives files show officials were troubled by idea of institution enriching widow of Cambridge Five agent The British Library wanted to acquire the personal archive of the notorious double agent Kim Philby in a deal worth tens ...

» Top EU diplomat calls rival meeting in response to Hungary’s rogue diplomacy
22/07/24 14:45 from Russia | The Guardian
Meeting of bloc’s foreign ministers organised by Josep Borrell is in effect a boycott of a gathering in Budapest The EU’s most senior diplomat, Josep Borrell, has called a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers in Brussels – in effect a...

» Russia Sentences Alsu Kurmasheva, American Editor, to a Penal Colony
22/07/24 14:11 from NYT > Russia
Ms. Kurmasheva, a Russian American working for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, had been charged in relation to an antiwar book she edited.

» One of the Republican Convention’s Weirdest Lies
22/07/24 12:02 from NYT > Russia
It was one long exercise in creating memories of a Trump term that never existed.

» Ignoring Russia’s fears about Nato expansion was a mistake | Letters
22/07/24 11:43 from Russia | The Guardian
Jonathan Gorse believes the Russian position is understandable, while Karen Miller says placating Putin will not work. Plus a letter from Dr Wolfgang Heinemann Simon Jenkins, describing his horror at our new prime minister considering wh...

» Russian court jails journalist for six-and-a-half years after secret trial
22/07/24 11:01 from Russia | The Guardian
Russian-American editor Alsu Kurmasheva convicted for spreading ‘false information’ about armed forces A Russian court has sentenced Alsu Kurmasheva, a Russian-American journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, to six-and-a-half ye...

» Russian-American journalist jailed by Moscow for six and a half years
22/07/24 11:01 from Russia | The Guardian
Alsu Kurmasheva convicted after secret trial for spreading ‘false information’ about armed forces A Russian court has sentenced Alsu Kurmasheva, a Russian-American journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, to six-and-a-half years i...

» Russian-American journalist jailed by Moscow for six-and-a-half years
22/07/24 11:01 from Russia | The Guardian
Alsu Kurmasheva convicted after secret trial for spreading ‘false information’ about armed forces A Russian court has sentenced Alsu Kurmasheva, a Russian-American journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, to six-and-a-half years i...

» Ukraine targets bipartisan support to avoid being dragged into US election
22/07/24 10:20 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Kyiv indicates it will keep reaching out to Republicans and Democrats, as Zelenskiy pays tribute to Biden Ukraine will continue to reach out to Republicans and Democrats and avoid being sucked into US internal politics and a bruising pro...

» Czech Republic says shells for Ukraine plan will fall short without more money
22/07/24 07:51 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Prague’s foreign minister urges donor countries to pay extra to avoid 800k target being missed by over a third A Czech initiative to supply Ukraine with 800,000 shells by the end of the year will fall short by more than a third unless do...

» A New Candidate Must Now Defend Biden’s Legacy Abroad
22/07/24 05:03 from NYT > Russia
More than any election in decades, this one will be marked by starkly different approaches to an era of simultaneous confrontations, from China to Russia to the Middle East.

» Hong Kong is global trade hub for world’s most brutal regimes, report says
22/07/24 03:00 from Russia | The Guardian
Pro-democracy campaign group finds exports of goods to Russia, vital to its war efforts, roughly doubled in a year Hong Kong has become a global trade hub for “the world’s most brutal regimes”, according to a report examining the city’s ...

» ‘I’m a person again’: the Ukrainian convicts recruited to fight the war
22/07/24 00:00 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Kyiv has freed 3,800 prisoners early to plug gaps in its army as military outfits compete to attract suitable convicts Last year, Volodymyr Prysiazhniuk quarrelled with his father-in-law, Yuriy. Both men were drunk. “I’d had a litre of b...

» Ukraine war briefing: Zelenskiy salutes Joe Biden’s ‘unwavering support’
21/07/24 19:59 from Russia | The Guardian
Russians claim capture of two villages; squeeze on smuggling of chips through Chinese territory to Russia is having effect. What we know on day 880 Volodymyr Zelenskiy , Ukraine’s president, has released a statement after Joe Biden stood...

» World leaders react to Biden’s decision to exit presidential race
21/07/24 19:06 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Polish prime minister Donald Tusk and UK PM Keir Starmer among US allies to pay tribute to US president’s decades of public service Biden drops out of presidential race – live updates Biden drops out: what to know about his decision, Kam...

» ‘I felt the water tremble’: Ukraine’s Olympic swimmers train as bombs fall
21/07/24 13:00 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Daily air raid sirens cannot deter the fighting spirit of Dnipro’s young athletes determined to give their all in Paris Oleksandr Zheltyakov gazes across the pool and points towards the hundreds of yellow seats that run along its flank. ...

» Britain’s defence policy rests on unity in an increasingly divided world | Letters
21/07/24 12:23 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Readers on the UK’s defence and security review after the expert leading it identified a ‘deadly quartet’ of adversaries Regarding your article ( UK and its allies face ‘deadly quartet’ of nations, says defence expert, 16 July ), the new...

» Pulitzer-winning author Anne Applebaum: ‘Often, for autocrats, the second time in power is worse’
21/07/24 06:00 from Russia | The Guardian
The journalist tells of her fears for democracy’s future, the dangers of another Trump presidency and how her husband became Poland’s foreign minister A couple of years ago, in the Atlantic magazine, journalist Anne Applebaum wrote an er...

» Ukraine war briefing: air defences ward off fresh drone attack on Kyiv as strike kills two in Kharkiv
21/07/24 02:48 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Ukrainian military says it downed 35 of 39 drones, saying Russia ‘looking for new approach routes to the capital’. What we know on day 879 See all our Ukraine war coverage Russia launched its fifth drone attack on Kyiv in two weeks but a...

» Ukraine war briefing: Sirens sound in Kyiv as strike kills two in Kharkiv
21/07/24 00:27 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Capital’s residents told on Sunday to stay in shelters; Iskander missiles apparently used in Kharkiv region strike while shelling hits city of Nikopol. What we know on day 879 See all our Ukraine war coverage Ukraine’s air defence system...

» Donald Trump says Xi Jinping wrote him a ‘beautiful note’ after rally shooting
20/07/24 22:34 from Russia | The Guardian
US presidential contender’s reference echoes the ‘love letters’ he received from North Korea’s Kim Jong-un as he calls authoritarian leaders ‘smart, tough’ people Donald Trump has said China’s president wrote him a “beautiful note” after...

» Brittney Griner Announces Birth of Son
20/07/24 14:53 from NYT > Russia
Less than two years after her release from a Russian penal colony, the W.N.B.A. center and two-time Olympic gold medal winner said that her son was born on July 8.

» Zhan Beleniuk: ‘I will fight Russians at the Olympics but will I shake hands? No’
20/07/24 13:00 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Ukraine’s first black member of parliament on why he returned to wrestling, and preparing for Paris amid war It is not something that Zhan Beleniuk, an Olympian and Ukraine’s first black member of parliament, says he can afford to think ...

» Life returns to Ukrainian reservoir drained by Russian strike on dam
20/07/24 08:00 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
A year later, animals, birds and saplings are populating a new landscape of ponds and lagoons Standing in a scene of shimmering green, Vadym Maniuk pointed to a young white willow tree. “What happened here is a miracle,” he said. “Some o...

» Book Review: ‘Autocracy, Inc.,’ by Anne Applebaum
20/07/24 05:01 from NYT > Russia
In “Autocracy, Inc.,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian takes account of the financial institutions and trade deals that have helped spread tyranny across the world.

» The Buried Book That Helped Ukraine’s Literary Revival
20/07/24 05:00 from NYT > Russia
To keep it from Russian forces, a writer hid his last manuscript under a cherry tree. Its rediscovery became part of a flowering of interest in Ukrainian literature.

» European divisions risk incoherent response to any second Trump term
20/07/24 02:32 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Optimists say administration would be open to persuasion while sceptics say it is beyond time to Trump-proof Europe To be a foreign diplomat serving in the US, charged with interpreting the country’s politics so it appears predictable an...

» Ukraine war briefing: Trump vows to end war in call with Zelenskiy
19/07/24 21:34 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
US Republican nominee tells Ukrainian leader that as president he would ‘bring peace to the world’; Russian attack on children’s playground kills three. What we know on day 878 Donald Trump said he had a “very good call” with Volodymyr Z...

» German national sentenced to death in Belarus, Berlin confirms
19/07/24 20:40 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Secretive trial of Rico Krieger, 30, may be linked to Belarusian volunteer unit fighting alongside Ukraine against Russia A German national has been sentenced to death in Belarus, the German foreign ministry has said, hours after a Belar...

» Nationalist campaigner for the Ukrainian language is shot dead in Lviv
19/07/24 17:50 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Iryna Farion, 60, a former MP known for her opposition to officials speaking in Russian, was attacked on the street A nationalist former member of Ukraine’s parliament known for her vociferous campaigns to defend the Ukrainian language h...

» What Evan Gershkovich Might Face Inside Russia’s Notorious Prisons
19/07/24 16:38 from NYT > Russia
Evan Gershkovich, The Wall Street Journal reporter, was convicted on fabricated charges and is expected to serve time in one of the country’s infamous prisons.

» The week around the world in 20 pictures
19/07/24 16:10 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Donald Trump after the Pennsylvania rally shooting, the global IT outage, the Rwanda general election and England’s Harry Kane at Euro 2024: the last seven days as captured by the world’s leading photojournalists Continue reading...

» WSJ Reporter Evan Gershkovich Faces 16 Years in Russian Prison for Espionage
19/07/24 14:56 from NYT > Russia
The Wall Street Journal reporter’s trial on espionage charges was widely viewed as a sham outside Russia. But the verdict could set the stage for a prisoner exchange.

» German combat medic reportedly sentenced to death in Belarus
19/07/24 13:52 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Secretive trial of Rico Krieger, 30, may be linked to Belarusian volunteer unit fighting alongside Ukraine against Russia A German combat medic accused by Belarus of committing crimes including “terrorism” and “mercenary activity” has be...

» Russian court sentences US journalist Evan Gershkovich to 16 years in prison
19/07/24 11:54 from Russia | The Guardian
Reporter found guilty of spying in trial thought to have been rushed in preparation for prisoner swap A Russian court has found the US journalist Evan Gershkovich guilty of espionage and sentenced him to 16 years in prison, after a trial...

» Does Evan Gershkovich’s quick trial suggest a Russia-US prisoner swap is close?
19/07/24 11:45 from Russia | The Guardian
Russian court cases often drag on for months but speed of US journalist’s trial may be sign that long-discussed exchange is in the offing The courtroom footage of a Russian judge announcing a 16-year prison sentence for Evan Gershkovich ...

» WSJ Reporter Evan Gershkovich Sentenced to 16 Years in Russian Prison
19/07/24 11:21 from NYT > Russia
The Wall Street Journal reporter’s trial on espionage charges was widely viewed as a sham outside Russia. But the verdict could set the stage for a prisoner exchange.

» UK politics live: Zelenskiy asks Starmer to ‘show leadership’ and let Ukraine use weapons anywhere in Russia
19/07/24 09:35 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Ukrainian president says ability to use western weapons to strike into enemy territory is key to his country’s defence This is the parliamentary schedule for Friday, as reported by the PA news agency: House of Commons: 9.30am: A statemen...

» UK politics: Zelenskiy asks Starmer to ‘show leadership’ and let Ukraine use weapons anywhere in Russia – as it happened
19/07/24 09:35 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Ukrainian president says ability to use western weapons to strike into enemy territory is key to his country’s defence This is the parliamentary schedule for Friday, as reported by the PA news agency: House of Commons: 9.30am: A statemen...

» UK will not help Ukraine hit targets in Russia, defence secretary says
19/07/24 08:54 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
John Healey says any use of British weapons in Russia for defence reasons must be carried out by Ukrainians Britain will not help Ukraine hit targets in Russia, the defence secretary has said, as Volodymyr Zelenskiy appealed directly to ...

» WSJ Reporter Evan Gershkovich Sentenced to 16 Years in Russian Prison, State Media Reports
19/07/24 08:35 from NYT > Russia
The espionage case against him has been repeatedly denounced by his employer, The Wall Street Journal, and the United States, but the verdict could set the stage for a prisoner exchange.

» Evan Gershkovich Sentenced to 16 Years in Russian Prison, State Media Reports
19/07/24 08:23 from NYT > Russia
The espionage case against him has been repeatedly denounced by his employer, The Wall Street Journal, and the United States, but the verdict could set the stage for a prisoner exchange.

» Keir Starmer welcomes Volodymyr Zelenskiy at Downing Street – video
19/07/24 06:38 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Keir Starmer welcomed the Ukrainian president at Downing Street on Friday, making Volodymyr Zelenskiy the first world leader to visit the newly-elected prime minister. Starmer expressed the UK's continued support despite the change in go...

» Verdict due on US journalist Evan Gershkovich amid hopes of prisoner swap
19/07/24 06:18 from Russia | The Guardian
Rushed espionage trial thought to be preparation to exchange correspondent for Russians in western jails A Russian court is set to announce a verdict and sentence on Evan Gershkovich on Friday afternoon, after an unusually brisk trial th...

» Russian verdict due on US journalist Evan Gershkovich
19/07/24 06:18 from Russia | The Guardian
Reporter pleaded not guilty to spying in trial thought to have been rushed in preparation for prisoner swap A Russian court is set to announce a verdict and sentence on Evan Gershkovich on Friday afternoon, after an unusually brisk trial...

» Russian Court to Deliver Verdict on Evan Gershkovich, Wall Street Journal Reporter
19/07/24 05:58 from NYT > Russia
The case against him has been repeatedly denounced by his employer, The Wall Street Journal, and the United States, but a verdict could set the stage for a prisoner exchange.

» Putin Counted on Waning U.S. Interest in Ukraine. It Might Be a Winning Bet.
19/07/24 05:30 from NYT > Russia
The arc of American foreign policy could be moving closer to the Russian president’s view of it. But he has been wrong before about the U.S.

» UK politics live: Zelenskiy arrives at No 10 to become first foreign leader to address cabinet in decades
19/07/24 05:27 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Ukrainian president seeking fresh impetus to stop Moscow evading measures over its oil exports This is the parliamentary schedule for Friday, as reported by the PA news agency: House of Commons: 9.30am: A statement from chancellor of the...

» UK politics live: Zelenskiy to address cabinet over Russia sanctions
19/07/24 04:20 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Ukrainian president seeking fresh impetus to stop Moscow evading measures over its oil exports In the bilateral meeting with Starmer , Zelenskiy thanked the UK for its “unity” with and backing for Kyiv and said “we feel this support”. Th...

» Ukraine war briefing: Attack on Russian bases in Crimea
18/07/24 19:32 from World news: Ukraine | theguardian.com
Command centre and ammunition depot hit, says Ukrainian defence source; Ukraine’s army confirms pullout from Urozhaine. What we know on day 877 Ukrainian aerial and maritime drones struck Russian military targets on the illegally occupie...

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