Russia's ambassador to the UK has suggested Sergei and Yulia Skripal may have been injected by British authorities with nerve agent.Read the full story ›
Two weeks since the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter, Salisbury is still suffering a slump in footfall.Read the full story ›
The dramatic events in Salisbury with the poison attacks on a quiet provincial city have put it centre stage. How should Britain and the World respond ?
And a year to Brexit: did people vote to return the country to "When passports were blue, the map of the British part of the world was pink, and faces were white" as the Lib Dem leader claims?
To debate that -
- Baroness Brinton of Kenardington in Kent
- Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove in Sussex, and
- Michael Tomlinson MP, the Conservative member for Mid-Dorset and North Poole
A pair of rare Russian medals found in house in Dorset are expected to fetch around three to five thousand pounds each at auction.
The gold collectables date back to the 1700s and are believed to have been struck during the reign of Catherine the Great (1761-1796).
One of the coins depicts the establishment of the Foundling Hospital in Moscow. The auctioneer who discovered the medals, Timothy Medhurst, said that newspaper articles in the years after the site opened reported that up to 40 children per day were admitted to the institution which could hold up to 7000 children.
It is hoped the sale may attract some wealthy Russian bidders keen to purchase historical objects. The items will be sold at Duke's of Dorchester on 12th March.
Both medals depict important events in the history of Russia - the Foundling Hospital for example, was so important to the country that when Napoleon retreated from Moscow in 1812, he gave specific orders to preserve the building.
To find not one but two medals crafted in gold, an expensive material in which very few medals were ever issued and in this original condition is exceptional.
Now, if you pay a visit to the Orchard Theatre in Dartford this weekend, you might find it a bit chilly. The theatre's stage has been converted into an ice rink, to host a group of world renowned Russian ice skaters. Andrea Thomas reports.
In his first interview since being back in the UK, Phil Ball told Meridian not knowing how long he would be in prison was the worst part.Read the full story ›
Russian authorities have told a group of Greenpeace activists and journalists, which includes an environmental campaigner from Oxford, that they cannot leave the country while on bail for protesting against drilling in the Arctic.
Phil Ball, from Chipping Norton, was one of 30 people to be arrested back in September during the protests.
The group, known as the Arctic 30, have all been granted bail but have stayed in Russia as efforts to give them permission to leave are made.
Greenpeace revealed that Russia's Investigative Committee has written to one of the 30 indicating they are not free to leave the country.
Greenpeace activists, including an Oxfordshire man, are appearing in court in Russia.
Phil Ball, of Chipping Norton, is one of the so-called Arctic 30 who are fighting for releasing after being arrested for scaling an oil platform.
They've been stranded on board a cargo ship in Shoreham Harbour for eight months - after the vessel was seized by the UK authorities.
Although the Russian captain and another crewman could leave if they wanted to, they say they fear they won't get the wages they're owed if they do. David Johns has been talking to them about their dilemma.He speaks to Capt Mikhail Polyakov, Rev Roger Stone and Claire Hobart.
The results of a post mortem on the body of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky are expected this evening, Thames Valley Police have said.
His body was moved from his Berkshire mansion overnight and forensic examination of the property is expected to take several days.