Crew members of Japanese submarine Oyashio (left) work on the deck while Japanese destroyers  dock at a port of the former US naval base in Subic bay, north of Manila, in the   Philippines.  China has an ongoing row with Tokyo over the ownership of islands in the region. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

China has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” after foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) bloc of advanced economies issued a statement strong(...)

The Bank of Japan’s negative interest rates came into effect on Tuesday in a radical plan already deemed a failure by financial markets, highlighting Tokyo’s lack of options to spur growth as global markets sputter. (Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters)

The Bank of Japan’s negative interest rates came into effect on Tuesday in a radical plan already deemed a failure by financial markets, highlighting(...)

Women hold a banner which says “unconstitutionality judgement” outside  Japan’s Supreme Court in Tokyo on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law requiring spouses to use the same surname, the only such law in the big developed nations forming the(...)

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(...)