Russia blocks access to websites of Alexei Navalny and close allies

Action comes as Kremlin increases pressure on opponents and critics ahead of parliamentary elections Russian authorities have restricted access to Alexei Navalny’s website and those of dozens of his close allies, the imprisoned opposition leader’s team has said. The action came as the government increased pressure on opposition supporters, independent journalists and human rights activists […]

Plans of four G20 states are threat to global climate pledge, warn scientists

‘Disastrous’ energy policies of China, Russia, Brazil and Australia could stoke 5C rise in temperatures if adopted by the rest of the world A key group of leading G20 nations is committed to climate targets that would lead to disastrous global warming, scientists have warned. They say China, Russia, Brazil and Australia all have energy […]

Russia names Bellingcat reporting partner a ‘foreign agent’

Move against the Insider seen as revenge for part in revealing Kremlin’s role in Salisbury and other assassination attempts Russia has named a local partner of the Bellingcat investigative journalism collective as a “foreign agent” in an apparent act of revenge for helping reveal the Kremlin’s role in the Salisbury poisonings and assassination attempts by […]

Coronavirus live: Covid hospitalisations in England highest since February; Chile approves Sputnik V vaccine

Number of Covid hospital admissions in England at highest level for nearly five months; Chile’s Institute of Public Health approves Russia’s Sputnik V jab ‘Never thought this would happen in France’: day one of vaccine pass Dozens of English care homes lost at least 20 residents to Covid Vaccine misinformation remains rampant on Facebook, experts […]

MoD rules out foul play after discovery of secret papers at Kent bus stop

Individual error blamed for security lapse after leak of information about Royal Navy destroyer off Crimea A Ministry of Defence investigation into how secret military papers about a disputed voyage off Crimea ended up at a Kent bus stop has blamed individual error and found no evidence of foul play. The rain-sodden papers, which were […]

Biden administration transfers its first detainee out of Guantánamo

Transfer of Abdullatif Nasser suggests Biden is making efforts to reduce population, which now stands at 39 The Biden administration has transferred a detainee out of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility for the first time, sending a Moroccan man home years after he was recommended for discharge. Related: Ex-Guantánamo detainee at risk of torture if […]

National security is threatened when politics is in thrall to cash | Nick Cohen

It’s not just a party matter when politicians pay little heed to who gives them money The sight of Winston Churchill’s grandson being threatened with legal action for passing on warnings about a political influencer’s dealings with a hostile foreign power ought to stir the national memory. A tingle of an alarm perhaps. A feeling […]

China and Russia spreading anti-US vaccine misinformation, White House says – live

‘Messages undermine western-origin programs,’ spokeswoman says Vaccination slowdown and Delta variant fueling case rise – experts US farm workers labor in deadly heat with few protections 10.40pm BST Gabrielle Canon here, signing on from the west coast to take you through the rest of the afternoon. First up— Just in: A federal judge in Texas […]

The space race is back on – but who will win?

Alliances are shifting as states led by China and Russia compete with the US and tech entrepreneurs Liu Boming took in the dizzy view. Around him lay the inky vastness of space. Below was the Earth. “Wow,” he said, laughing. “It’s too beautiful out here.” Over the next seven hours Liu and his colleague Tang […]

How public ‘apologies’ are used against domestic abuse victims in Chechnya

Activists say Ramzan Kadyrov’s regime uses televised confessions ‘under duress’ to hold back women’s rights, despite changes in society Khalimat Taramova, the 22-year-old daughter of a prominent Chechen businessman, sits demurely on a velvet sofa ornately embellished in gold. She is wearing a modest dress and a headscarf. With her on the sofa are three […]

Russia bans media outlet that published Vladimir Putin scoops

Proekt outlawed in act of revenge for embarrassing revelations about the president and top Kremlin officials The Kremlin’s war on independent journalism in Russia has escalated after the Proekt investigative media outlet was outlawed in an act of revenge for a series of deeply embarrassing revelations about Vladimir Putin and top Kremlin officials. The rare […]

Exhausted Gareth Southgate left to rue England’s missed opportunity

Disappointed manager feels like his ‘stomach has been ripped out’ but is optimistic about the future of his young squad It hits you when you stop. After the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Gareth Southgate was so exhausted he would nod off at various times and in various places – much to the amusement of […]

Afghan family trapped in Istanbul airport after fleeing Taliban threats

Family of 16 had hoped to claim asylum in Russia, as thousands flee Afghanistan after troops withdrawal Sixteen members of an Afghan family who fled Taliban death threats have been trapped in Istanbul airport for the past two weeks, and thousands more refugees are making their way overland seeking safety in Turkey, as the security […]

Compartment No 6 review – meet-uncute train romance is a Finnish Before Sunrise

An archaeology student is on her way to Russia’s remote north-west when she has to share a compartment with a shaven-headed drunk Despite the bone-chilling cold of its location in Murmansk in Russia’s remote north-west, there’s a wonderful human warmth and humour in this offbeat romantic story of strangers on a train. It comes from […]

Coronavirus live: Russia sees five-day spike in deaths; South Africa reports record daily cases

Luxembourg PM reported to be undergoing tests in hospital; Israel seeking new vaccine deal after talks with UK collapse Wearing face masks in England will soon be voluntary, says minister Schools in England ‘bleeding out’ due to Covid isolation rules Rise in stress among people working from home Iran fears fifth wave of Covid cases […]

How remote work opened the floodgates to ransomware

With workers outside the ‘castle walls’ of their companies, criminals have it easier – and cryptocurrency hasn’t helped Ransomware has roared into the headlines in recent weeks after criminal hacking networks, tentatively linked to Russia, launched attacks on the major US meat packing plant JBS and the nation’s largest fuel pipeline. Joe Biden and his […]

De Bruyne inspires Belgium comeback win after Denmark’s Eriksen tribute

They came, they sang until their voices were raw and, as a flag draped from one of the top tiers reminded everyone, they did it all for Christian Eriksen. Beyond any footballing relevance this occasion will hold its own place in Denmark’s national history. It was the day a country came together in appreciation of […]

US passes 600,000 deaths from coronavirus – live

America’s death toll from Covid-19 highest in the world Biden arrives in Geneva for summit with ‘worthy adversary’ Putin No sign of thaw between Russia and US ahead of Swiss summit 10.23pm BST Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland announced the end of the Covid-19 “state of emergency” in the state. “Thanks in large part to […]

Biden says China and Russia trying to ‘drive a wedge’ between Nato partners – live

Biden emphasizes ‘rock-solid and unshakable’ commitment to Nato Says meeting with Turkish president was ‘positive and productive’ Nato summit: leaders agree that China presents security risks 10.16pm BST As the US approaches 600,000 coronavirus deaths, as tracked by Johns Hopkins University, the Associated Press has updated details on the racial disparities in who has been […]

Lukaku scores twice and sends message to Eriksen in Belgium’s win over Russia

This was as comfortable an opening night as Belgium could have wanted and, in the circumstances, they will be mightily grateful. Russia barely asked a single question so Roberto Martínez’s team were able to pace themselves without coming close to full pelt, a handy state of affairs given their injury worries and the tests this […]

No joint news conference after Biden-Putin summit: White House

Biden will speak to press alone after Geneva meeting Trump caused outcry by accepting Putin denials at Helsinki Joe Biden will give a solo news conference after his meeting next week with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, the White House has said. Putin and Biden will meet in Geneva on Wednesday. The White House has […]

Wish you were here? 13 photos that reveal what the G7 summit is really like

Jill Biden and Carrie Johnson play happy families, Justin Trudeau channels Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, giant Pikachus descend on a beach – and more It’s that time again – the G7 summit. It was previously the G8 summit, until the Russians went full Russia and, rather than receiving coordinated international condemnation and effective sanctions, were kicked out […]

Roberto Martínez upbeat as Belgium’s old guard have final tilt at major title

Vaunted golden generation hope to slay ghosts but De Bruyne and Witsel are unavailable for opening test against Russia It is almost three years since Roberto Martínez, offering a positive analysis as always but failing to mask his disappointment, sat in the media marquee outside Gazprom Arena and bemoaned the fine margins that had eluded […]

Cold war or uneasy peace: does defining US-China competition matter?

Many are beginning to fear the world may soon be caught in the crossfire between Beijing and Washington In July 1971, US national security adviser Henry Kissinger embarked on a secret mission to China, then America’s sworn enemy. This 48-hour ice-breaking trip paved the way for Richard Nixon’s historic handshake with Chairman Mao a year […]

Ruben Sergeyev, longtime Guardian fixer in Moscow, dies at 65

Former colleagues remember ‘intelligent, playful, constantly curious’ news assistant and friend Ruben Sergeyev, a longtime consultant and friend to Guardian correspondents in Moscow from the Gorbachev era through to the Putin years, has died of Covid-19 at the age of 65. He died on Wednesday after being admitted to hospital in Moscow. Sergeyev worked from […]

Navalny backers see cautionary tale in Russian raids on Jehovah’s Witnesses

Analysis: members of religious group declared extremist in 2017 have faced arrests, surveillance and prison The decision by a Moscow court to declare Alexei Navalny’s nationwide political organisation as “extremist” adds the group to a list associated with terrorist organisations such as al-Qaida and Islamic State. But for a guide to how Russia could treat […]

Solar eclipse 2021: UK skygazers enjoy view of crescent sun

Skygazers – with appropriate eye protection – could see part of sun obscured on Thursday morning Solar eclipse 2021: the crescent sun – in pictures People across the UK were treated to views of a crescent sun on Thursday morning as the moon appeared to partially block out the star. An annular eclipse – when […]

Ukraine in talks with Uefa to reverse Euro 2020 shirt decision

Slogan ‘Glory to the Heroes’ was ordered removed from kit after protests from Russia Ukraine’s football association said on Thursday it was in talks with Uefa to reverse a decision by the European football governing body to remove a slogan from Ukraine shirts after protests from Russia. “Ukraine’s football association is in talks with Uefa […]

Multiple sightings of missile launcher before MH17 shot down, court told

Four men on trial in absentia in the Netherlands over downing of flight with 298 onboard over Ukraine Multiple witnesses saw an anti-aircraft missile launcher that had secretly crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia in the hours before it shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a trial in the Netherlands has heard. The Buk […]