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New Evidence Suggests Russian Version Of How MH17 Crashed Is Wrong (Again)

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK

Investigators have unveiled new evidence MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. Russia has fiercely contested cla...

Syria, Yemen And How Double Standards Block The Path to Peace

Alistair Burnett | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

As the siege of Syria's second city Aleppo intensifies again and the Saudi campaign in Yemen grinds on, there is an urgent need for the main powers to get back round the table and at least agree to stop fuelling the conflicts. But this week has shown that prospect seems remote.

Host City Criticism Is The New Olympic Sport

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Sport
Preetam Kaushik

The number of sports featured in the Olympic Games, for various reasons, changes constantly. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro event had 28 games, as had the previous three Olympics since 2000. In 2012, the games in London had only 26 after baseball and softball were dropped by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Russian River Flowing Through The Arctic Circle Turns Blood Red

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK

A river that winds through a Russian city within the Arctic Circle has turned a disturbing shade of deep red. The Daldykan River near Norilsk in Siber...

I Went On Holiday To Russia And All I Got Was This Lousy Replica Kalashnikov Automatic Assault Rifle

Neil Durkin | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Allowing passengers to cram a plane's overhead lockers with large imitation AK-47s seems an odd thing to permit in these days of heightened airport security (where every 100ml-plus container of moisturiser is banned and travellers are ordered to remove their shoes at the er, drop of a hat), but there you go

Russia May Be Threatening Ukraine Again, But Any Further Escalation for Them Would Be Counterproductive

Michael Day | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Day

Whether this is another case of sabre-rattling by the Russians or something more sinister, it remains the truth that an invasion of Ukraine would be so complex and costly it would tie up Russia for years, making any interference in the Baltic States by Putin to be quixotic to the extent that along with his involvement in Ukraine and Syria, it may prove instantly fatal to his regime.

10 Pictures That Prove Russian Olympians *Really* Don't Like Coming Second

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK

Any sort of podium place at the Olympics or Paralympics is an incredible achievement. But some athletes are still pretty gutted to miss out on gold. N...

Contrary to the Headlines, Athletics Is Clean and Rio Will Be Incredible

Ewan Somerville | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

With the Rio Olympics fast approaching, track and field athletics is once again embroiled in scandal, controversy, and disgust. Or in the media it is. On Friday night I was lucky enough to bear witness to the electricity meter at the London Olympic Stadium explode with the buzz of the Anniversary Games. It was just fantastic for the world to focus solely on the talent...

Why the Trident Vote Is a Masterclass by the New PM

Paul Baines | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Baines

The Trident vote is a smart bit of work by the new PM - a chess move on the board of Westminster that signals what we can expect from Theresa May in the coming years.

Political Experiments, Divisive Narratives: How Brexit Jolted Memories of Soviet Collapse

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

The morning after the UK referendum, on 24 June, I woke up feeling a strong sense of déjà-vu: that I had seen and gone through it all before, around...

Don't Shoot the Piano Player, or the Guitar Playe, or the Tabla Player...

Neil Durkin | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

In Francois Truffaut's excellent 1960 film Shoot The Piano Player we see a classical pianist slumming it playing piano in a bar who then gets dragged ...

Eastern Ukraine: Conflicting Interpretations of the Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

During a visit to a summer camp for children affected by the conflict in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, I met a boy close to the frontline who had made a drawing of a tree, on top of which he drew a house with a family. When asked why the house was in the tree top and wouldn't it fall down in the wind, the boy confidently assured me 'no', the house is strong and secure. I later found out that this boy's dog had been killed by a landmine.

15 Shocking Pictures Of Euro 2016 Fans Showing Their True Colours

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK

1) These England and Russia fans about to clobber each other senseless. 2) This disgraceful art vandal. 3) These England fans photobombing a Russian...

Video Captures Ultras Attacking Again After England And Wales Fans Chant 'F*** Off Russia'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK

Video has emerged showing the extent of the violence in the latest clash between England fans and 'ultras' In Lille, a day after UEFA handed Russia a ...

The Russian Ultras Who Want To Show English Hooligans ‘Are Girls’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK

MMA trained, equipped with knuckledusters and mouth guards Bumbags used to conceal weapons Operate in small, compact and mobile groups Euro2016 is ‘...

Thousands Urge Fifa To Ban Russia From Hosting 2018 World Cup

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK

Close to 22,000 people have signed a petition urging Fifa to ban Russia from hosting the 2018 World Cup. It comes as Uefa handed Russia a suspended di...

Russian MP Applauds Euro Violence Saying 'Keep Up The Good Work'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK

A Russian MP has extended his congratulations to the country's football fans for their "good work" after 150 of them were on Monday blamed for the vio...

Forget the Euros, For the Best Football Look to the Americas

Matthew Smith | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

If you get a chance to stay up after the Euro games are done and catch the Copa America, or to see some of the highlights, I strongly urge you to do so. It's the best the beautiful game currently has to offer.

Pressure Mounts For Russia To Lose 2018 World Cup Host Status After Fans' Violence

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK

Russian fans charging England fans after the final whistle. Scary.https://t.co/ITipeni505— Mr. C (@dorrian60) June 12, 2016 Outraged England ...

Government Policy Needs a More Realistic Approach to Russia

Daniel Kawczynski MP | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Kawczynski MP

In search of his country's Tsarist roots, Vladimir Putin has steered Russia on a course towards unforgiving political authoritarianism, buttressed by state capitalism and legitimised by orthodox religiosity and patriotism.

Daily Mail in 'Gets It Completely Wrong About Fur' Shocker

Mark Oaten | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK
Mark Oaten

I am always 100% in favour of a free, balanced and well-informed press. Sadly, the Daily Mail has once again slipped from those lofty ideals.

How One Syrian Family Has Started Reshaping Global Refugee Policy

Dmitry Savelau | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Dmitry Savelau

Listening to what they have to say and letting them be part of the decision-making process is an important first step to reforming global refugee policy. And with all the technology that lets people organise effectively, they don't have to reshape it alone, but can do it together with the refugees.

Brexit: Are the Eastern Europeans Mad to Let the UK Leave?

Malcolm Prowle | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Politics
Malcolm Prowle

What is amazing is that these Eastern European states are prepared to let the UK leave the EU over a relatively small amount of money concerning benefits paid to its UK-based citizens. A man from Mars would look at this and think they were mad.Let us hope they do not have cause to regret that action

Watch Russian Fighter Jets Fly Dangerously Close To US Warship

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Tech

Update: Russia has denied breaching safety measure after its aircrafts were filmed flying close to a US warship. Its defence ministry said "Russian pi...

Nagorny Karabakh: An Old, Forgotten but Decidedly Dangerous Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

In the early hours of Saturday 2 April, a military escalation erupted on the Nagorny Karabakh line of contact, on a scale not seen since 1994. While the breakfast news reported on Palmyra, on who is planning to restore which monuments, the disturbing news broke about this old, yet now new conflict, that overnight saw dozens of people killed.