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‘If President Putin can’t help me, who can?’

It’s 20 years since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia. Since then he has been the most influential man in the country – even when not officially holding the office of president. Such is his authority that ordinary Russians have taken to appealing to him directly to solve their …

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‘If President Putin can’t help me, who can?’

It’s 20 years since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia. Since then he has been the most influential man in the country – even when not officially holding the office of president. Such is his authority that ordinary Russians have taken to appealing to him directly to solve their …

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New Zealand volcano: Minute’s silence marks one week after eruption

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern observes a minute’s silence during her cabinet meeting A minute’s silence has been observed in New Zealand, marking one week since the deadly eruption of White Island volcano. The tribute was held at 14:11 local time (01:11 GMT), the exact …

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