Members of the European Union parliament are starting to get a whiff that EU waste management schemes in Lebanon are bogus, and the former EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is in the firing line.
The Russian president’s enormous influence over the country’s destiny has forced comparisons between Putin and the former Tsars.
Ma Jian, once a vice minister at the Ministry of State Security, is one of the most senior security officials to be jailed since the former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang was ensnared in a graft scandal and jailed for life in 2015.
The revolution in 1917 saw Russia's last Tsar, Nicholas II, relinquish his throne, and power go to the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin. The revolution created the communist state of Soviet Russia.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was unknown to many people five years ago and is now becoming one of the world's most influential people. He widely viewed as China's strongest leader since Mao Zedong.
French President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin admitted to some differences of opinion in the talks which covered issues including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
Putin's visit is seen as the latest test of the new French president's mettle after the G7 and NATO summits.
A century on from the Great Exodus of Kyrgyz people from their Central Asian homeland, known as Urkun, Kyrgyzstan unveils a new memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.
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