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article 31 October 2014 World, Russia
News
Milonov: 'Ban Apple chief from Russia for being gay'

Apple boss Tim Cook should be "banned for life" from Russia after coming out as gay and poses threats of "Ebola, Aids and gonorrhoea", says Vitaly Milonov, one of Russia's most prominent politicians.

article 30 October 2014 World, Germany
Russian military flights - propaganda or precursor to war?
Russian military flights: propaganda or precursor to war?

Why has Russia radically increased military flights on Nato's borders - and how worried should we be?

article 28 October 2014 UK, India
New York 1965
Blackout Britain - will it happen here this winter?

The energy secretary says there will be no UK blackouts this winter. As Ofgem presents its analysis of our energy needs this winter, we look at some of the biggest power outages of the last 50 years.

video 21 October 2014 World, Russia

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Is Russia's Valeriya a Kremlin cheerleader? - video

For Russian pop star Valeriya, tonight's London concert is a dream come true. But critics want to ban her because she supports Vladimir Putin's anti-gay legislation and his annexation of Crimea.

video 07 October 2014 Russia

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'Happy birthday, President Putin!' - video

A soft-focus video featuring a group of children is released to celebrate the 62nd birthday of Russia's President Putin. Warning: contains extreme schmaltz.

post 25 September 2014
Read more from Jonathan Miller on his blog Iraq: why this isn't 2003 all over again

The legality of any future British air strikes on Iraq may be clear - but the justification for US intervention in neighbouring Syria is much less obvious.

article 09 September 2014 World, Ukraine
News
Has MH17 report done what it set out to do?

Dutch crash investigators issue the preliminary report into the crash of MH17 - but does it really tell us what happened in Ukraine?

article 07 September 2014 World, Ukraine
Ukraine shelling threatens delicate ceasefire
Ukraine shelling threatens delicate ceasefire

Shelling in the eastern areas of Mariupol and Donetsk shake the Ukraine ceasefire agreed just two days ago, but both sides are blaming each other.

post 06 September 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Inside the shards and rubble of Luhansk airport

As we picked our way through the shards and rubble, we found a discarded DVD case - it was for the Arnold Schwarzenegger film "End of Days". It did indeed look like a scene from the apocalypse.