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Ido Vock is international correspondent at the New Statesman.
He co-hosts our weekly global affairs podcast, World Review.
An alleged attempt to forcibly repatriate the Belarusian sprinter Krystina Timanovskaya suggests sport is still far from free of politics.
Experts warn coronavirus risks becoming a “two-track pandemic”.
Russia is technically banned from international sporting competitions after the state-sponsored doping scandal – but you wouldn’t know it.
A spike in migration to Lithuania illustrates the dangers posed to Europe by Alexander Lukashenko’s rogue regime.
Growing numbers of countries are introducing restrictions on the unvaccinated population to incentivise immunisation.
The Olympics were supposed to symbolise Japan’s recovery from crisis but they now represent the pandemic’s continuing grip.
Many in the country see terrified LGBT Georgians and a dead journalist as having paid the price for the government’s failure to stand up to far-right groups.
The French president has announced new measures to boost the country’s vaccine take-up and slow the spread of the Delta variant.
Vaccine hesitancy and unpopular policies could hurt Vladimir Putin ahead of this year’s legislative elections.
The reopening in the pandemic is shedding light on the country's most endemic problem: corruption.