Andrew Osborn

Russia withdraws backing for International Criminal Court treaty

Moscow never ratified the court's founding treaty, which it signed in 2000, meaning it never became a member subject to its jurisdiction.

Europe should boycott World Cup to oust Blatter – UK

Pressure is mounting on Fifa's chief, Sepp Blatter, to step down as the association's president, while the UK calls for a boycott of the World Cup.

Early results shows Ukip likely winners of Europe elections

Partial results show the United Kingdom's eurosceptic party has stormed to victory in the European vote with its raised anxiety over immigration.

Pro-Russia forces open fire in Ukraine

Pro-Russia troops have used gunfire in seizing a Ukraine military base, while Nato has declared early-warning flights around the east.

Warnings that sanctions will ‘boomerang’ as Ukraine standoff intensifies

Russia says any US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang and that Crimea has the right to self-determination.

‘Lawrence of Arabia’ actor Peter O’Toole dies at 81

Stage and screen star Peter O'Toole, who shot to fame in "Lawrence of Arabia", has died at age 81 after a long illness.

UK opposes Syria intervention as US considers actions

Britain will not join any military action against Syria after a stunning parliamentary defeat of a government motion on the issue.

Putin and Obama face off over Syria

US President Barack Obama has faced a showdown with Russia's Vladimir Putin over Obama's decision last week to arm the insurgents.

EC ‘caved in to chemicals lobby’

Environmentalists have accused the European Commission of giving in to corporate and government lobbying from Britain and elsewhere after it emerged that European Union legislation on the safety of industrial chemicals has been watered down.

EU’s subsidy reforms ‘do little for the poor’

The European Commission this week announced long-awaited proposals to reform some of the most criticised aspects of the its subsidy-laden common agricultural policy (CAP).

Europe hits back at US trade law

Europe's trading relationship with the United States deteriorated further this week when the European Commission said it had no option but to impose tit-for-tat sanctions in a rumbling row over an illegal US trade law.

Bergman archive reveals a vision grounded in torment

He may be regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, but Ingmar Bergman had a pretty dim view of his own talents as a young man. He was, he says, a ''useless'' actor. His writing was simply ''too flowery''.

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