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Greenpeace campaigner Dima Litvinov in court yesterday

Russian court denies bail to British Greenpeace oil rig protesters

Judges order activists accused of piracy be put in pre-trial detention for two months

Syrian crisis: UN Security Council agreed on ‘core points’ of resolution to destroy Assad’s chemical weapons

Russia warns that work is 'still going on' after foreign ministers from the five permanent members meet Ban Ki-moon in New York

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Russian court to rule over Greenpeace activists

A Russian court is expected to rule in the case of 30 Greenpeace activists apprehended after they tried to scale an offshore oil platform last week.

French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius

Paralysis over action in Syria fuels calls for reform of moribund UN Security Council

Staring delegates at the General Assembly in the face this week is a crisis at the heart of the UN system, namely the sclerosis besetting the 15-member Security Council as demonstrated vividly by its inability to respond so far to the civil war in Syria. Not a few among them are taking notice.

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President Putin: Greenpeace activists were 'obviously' not pirates

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said "it was completely obvious" Greenpeace activists currently detained over an Artic drilling protest were not pirates, despite Russian authorities announcing on Tuesday that investigators were considering piracy charges.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Barack Obama expected to engage with Iran's President Hasan Rouhani in UN nuclear talks

Leaders of US and Iran haven't had face-to-face contact in more than 30 years

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Russia accuses Greenpeace activists on seized ship of piracy

Protesters aboard ‘Arctic Sunrise’, including Britons, face charges

Diarrhoea bug hits 130 passengers on Fred Olsen cruise ship

Around 130 people have caught a sickness and diarrhoea bug during a 12-night luxury cruise.

A Russian Coast Guard officer points a gun at a Greenpeace activist as others attempt to climb the Prirazlomnaya oil platform

Russia arrests 30 environmental activists during Arctic protest

Protesters aboard ‘Arctic Sunrise’, including six Britons, could face terrorism charges

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syria crisis: President Assad denies his government carried out deadly chemical attack in US TV interview

Mr Assad also paid tribute to Russia for blocking resolutions targeting the regime in the UN Security Council

Owen Coyle replaced Roberto Martinez at Wigan in June

Europa League: Wigan talk up hopes on European debut which comes against Zulte Waregem

Wigan Athletic are not in the Europa League just to make up the numbers, their captain Emmerson Boyce has warned ahead of his side's European debut at Belgian side Zulte Waregem tonight.

President Assad meets the former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in Damascus, who is heading a US delegation to Syria

Syria crisis: West backs down on demand for threat of war in UN resolution

The move means intervention in the conflict is unlikely in the near future

Inessa Tarverdiyeva re-enacts her crimes on Russian television

Authorities accuse Russian couple of robbery and murder in ‘Bonnie and Clyde-style’ crime spree

A former nursery school teacher and her partner, a qualified dentist, lead a criminal gang that killed police officers, security guards and homeowners it is alleged

Immanuel Kant: The philosopher inspired such a debate in Russia that a man was shot several times with rubber bullets

Russian man shot in quarrel over Immanuel Kant’s philosophy

Attacker now faces ten years' incarceration to contemplate the ethics of his actions

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