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

Vladimir Putin will happily let Obama sweat it out alone in Syria

There is many a cautionary tale for Arab leaders – and for arrogant Western ones – about Moscow’s dealings with the Middle East

Russian politician drafts law to remove children from gay couples

A member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party has tabled a draft law to take children away from homosexual parents, adding to measures that activists say are undermining gay rights.

Ready for war? Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin set to lock horns over Syria at G20 summit

World's two most powerful men set to face-off over military action in Syria as US President attempts to depersonalise his 'red-line' remarks regarding the alleged use of chemical weapons in the conflict

Vladimir Putin says he does not 'see anything out of the ordinary' in Russia's legislation on homosexuality

Tchaikovsky was gay but Russians love him, says Vladimir Putin as David Cameron to raise concerns over Russia’s controversial policies

Concerns raised by UK over legislation ahead of 2014 Winter Olympics

Syria crisis: Vladimir Putin halts arms shipments to Assad - but insists UN must sanction any missile strikes

Russian President says evidence must be submitted to UN Security Council before the use of force can be considered

Syria crisis: US and Israel test defence missiles over Mediterranean as House backs military intervention

A missile defence test carried out by the United States and Israel in the eastern Mediterranean today escalated tensions across the region and triggered a military alert out of Moscow just as President Obama made fresh headway towards winning congressional approval for strikes on Syria.

Cameron promised to pull the Conservatives out of the European People's Party because it is too pro-EU

Andy McSmith's Diary: How Tory right wing makes Britain an unlikely bedfellow of Putin’s party

David Cameron heads off to Russia on Thursday for the G20 summit of world leaders, promising that he is not going to shy away from tackling Vladimir Putin, pictured, about a couple of very serious differences between Russia’s regime and ours.

Syria Crisis: If Capitol Hill makes Barack Obama nervous, wait until he gets to Russia

With the fate of his plans to strike Syria for allegedly poisoning its own people in the hands of Congress, President Barack Obama leaves Washington today for a trip that will include a two-day summit with fellow leaders in St Petersburg. If Capitol Hill makes him nervous, wait until he gets to Russia.

Brutal assault videos fuel Russian campaign against gay people

Vigilantes across Russia film themselves attacking gay men in order to 'cure' them

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to journalists in the far eastern city of Vladivostok

Syria crisis: Obama chemical weapons claim is 'utter nonsense', says Russian President Vlamidir Putin

The Russian President also called on the Obama administration to present the evidence behind its claims

Jim Armitage: Are both these keen anglers telling whoppers?

Global Outlook Minsk's decision to hook Mr Baumgertner at the airport makes more sense of a bizarre little spat between Mr Lukashenko and Mr Putin last month.

David Cameron is seen addressing the House of Commons during the vote for intervention in Syria

Syria fallout: David Cameron ‘back to square one’ ahead of election after humiliation on world stage

The irony of David Cameron’s humiliating inability to send British forces join military strikes on Syria is that he has been urging Barack Obama to take tough action on the crisis for months.

Putin says pants to painting: Artist flees Russia as portrait of President in women's underwear confiscated from art gallery

A picture of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in women's underwear has been confiscated from an art gallery in St Petersburg ahead of the G20 summit.

Security official shot dead in the Black Sea resort of Sochi - the site of next year's Winter Olympics

A security official was killed by unidentified gunmen in Russia’s Ingushetia republic today, the latest violence in a region plagued by an Islamist insurgency and near the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Police ‘planted gun’ during raid on Ukrainian feminist group Femen

The Ukrainian feminist group Femen, whose members are known for staging topless protests, have accused police of planting explosives and a gun during a raid on their headquarters in Kiev today in an attempt to close down the organisation.

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