Voices

When Maria Miller travels to Sochi next week, she must seize the opportunity to raise the issue of LGBT rights with Russian officials

Syria crisis: Russia, the peacemonger

Whatever else we think of Putin, his search for an end to carnage in Syria is hopeful

Syria crisis: John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov announce 'constructive' Geneva meeting to continue in New York as US and Russia push for 'Geneva 2' peace talks

The international envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, today held a three way meeting with John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov as key talks in Geneva enter the second day.

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow

Skip work, have sex: Russians celebrate 'day of conception' as sporting community continues to criticise Putin's anti-gay legislation

Couples in the region of Ulyanovsk told to take the day off in order to procreate, while athletes raise concerns over Russia’s homophobic policies

File image: Bashar al-Assad has given his first American TV interview in two years, and denied his regime was behind the Damascus chemical weapons attack

Syria crisis: President Assad agrees to give up chemical arsenal – with conditions

Syria insists US must lift attack threat and stop arming rebels

Alexei Navalny speaks to the press outside his headquarters in Moscow, Russia

Moscow mayor election: Defeat for Vladimir Putin’s biggest rival Alexei Navalny may yet be a pivotal moment

Anti-corruption candidate sought votes by attacking Russia’s president

Opposition candidate in Moscow mayoral election, Alexei Navalny

Moscow mayor election: Alexei Navalny demands new vote after losing to Vladimir Putin's key ally Sergei Sobyanin

Allegations of 'clear falsifications'  by the Putin-backed incumbent lead to calls for a run-off vote and threats of public protest

The News Matrix: Monday 9 September 2013

Pope claims arms trade ‘fuels wars’

Kremlin ally Sergei Sobyanin won a Moscow mayoral election two exit polls showed

Moscow mayoral election: Polls show victory for Putin ally Sergei Sobyanin but close result for Alexei Navalny could energise opposition

Kremlin ally Sergei Sobyanin won a Moscow mayoral election on Sunday, two exit polls showed, but opposition leader Alexei Navalny did much better than expected and challenged the count.

New boy George North made a winning start to his Northampton career

It’s time to shut up about scrums and let refs and players get on with it, says Chiefs' Rob Baxter

Law changes will need time to bed in before any further tinkering, says Exeter coach

President Obama refuses to say if strikes on Syria will go ahead without Congress's backing as G20 summit draws to a close

Obama and Putin held surprise meeting over Syria, it was revealed during press conference

Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will not get militarily involved in Syria

Conservative backbencher Henry Smith brands Vladimir Putin a 'tosser' amid 'small island' row

Henry Smith used the blunt language on Twitter

Syria civil war: Russia sends another navy ship to the Mediterranean

The deployment follows a spy ship sent to the region on Monday

David Cameron 'would challenge anyone to find a country with a prouder history, a bigger heart or greater resilience' than the UK

G20 summit: David Cameron responds to Russia's alleged 'small island' jibe against Britain

Cameron has had to battle perceptions of isolation during the summit in St Petersburg

David Cameron pledges additional £52m UK aid for Syria at G20 meeting

New money to be spent on medical training and equipment for gas attack survivor

David Cameron appears to have been sidelined

G20 summit: Isolated David Cameron is forced to shrug off Vladimir Putin ‘small island snub’ over Syria

Few signs of unity of purpose between leaders at first day of summit, but hostility remains veiled – more or less

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