In a move of considerable symbolic importance the Group of Seven industrial powers has for the first time made the case that the world should phase ou(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, once dubbed the “climate chancellor”, hoped to revitalise her green credentials by getting the G7 nations to agree specific emissions goals. Photograph: EPA

Group of Seven leaders agreed on Monday to wean their economies off carbon fuels and supported a global goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, bu(...)

(R-L) British prime minister David Cameron, US president Barack Obama, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel, president of the European Council Donald Tusk, French president Francois Hollande, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Canada’s prime minister Stephen Harper on their way to their first working session at the Elmau Castle near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on Sunday. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images.

Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations backed a tough line towards Moscow at the start of a summit in the Bavarian Alps, with US pres(...)

Gross domestic product grew by 0.3 per cent in the January-March period, new figures show

Britain’s economy slowed more sharply than expected the first three months of 2015 in a setback for prime minister David Cameron who has staked his ca(...)

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media,  showing  Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) in orange jumpsuits with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has expressed anger early at a video purporting to show the killing of a Japanese citizen by Islamic State militan(...)

 US president Barack Obama (C) is welcomed by European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso (L) and European Council president Herman Van Rompuy (R), ahead of the G7 Summit, at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph:  Julien/Warnard/EPA.

The Group of Seven (G7) nations has threatened to impose harder-hitting sanctions on Russia if it does not help restore stability to eastern Ukraine, (...)

US president Barack Obama and Poland’s president Bronislaw Komorowski (L) wave in front of Belveder Palace in Warsaw today. Mr Obama assured Poland and its Eastern European neighbours that the US commitment to their security was sacrosanct. Photograph: Piotr Molecki/KPRP/Handout via Reuters.

US president Barack Obama assured Poland and its Eastern European neighbours today that the US commitment to their security was sacrosanct at the star(...)

US president Barack Obama: four-day trip to Poland, Belgium and France comes against the backdrop of successful national elections in Ukraine and signs that Russia is moving most of its troops off its shared border with the former Soviet republic. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama will press European leaders this week to keep up pressure on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine. At the same ti(...)

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said the economic figures underscored the need to persist with his plan to eliminate the budget deficit. “It is more evidence that our long-term economic plan is working,” he said in a statement. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The UK economy expanded by 0.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013, ending the best year since 2007 amid growth in every sector except construction(...)

US president Barack Obama  applauds after announcing his nomination of Janet Yellen  to head the Federal Reserve at the White House in Washington yesterday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen, president Barack Obama’s pick to lead the US central bank, said yesterday that strengthening the economic rec(...)