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(...)

An employee carries a freshly painted cast iron AGA casserole dish, produced by Aga Rangemaster Plc, during the manufacturing process at the company’s plant in Telford, UK. Industrial production in the UK unexpectedly fell in August, figures published today show. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Industrial production in the UK unexpectedly fell in August by the most in almost a year, casting doubt on the strength of the third-quarter recovery.(...)

[From left] German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, British chancellor George Osborne, IMF managing director  Christine Lagarde and Canada’s finance minister Jim Flaherty at the Global Investment Conference 2013 in London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble signalled support for an easing of Europe’s austerity drive as he prepared to face pressure from glob(...)