President’s  choice: Kevin O’Malley is a political donor and Obama supporter. Photograph: AP Photo

President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next US ambassador to Ireland, Missouri lawyer Kevin O’Malley, will be questioned today by a Senate commit(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has repeatedly vowed to defend people who feel Russian across the former Soviet Union and especially in Ukraine. Photograph: Reuters/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Moscow has vowed to respond to alleged artillery fire from Ukraine that it claims killed a Russian man near the countries’ border, warning Kiev tha(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at a press conference during the European leaders’ summit in Brussels yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU leaders handed down a four-day deadline to Russia to release prisoners in Ukraine and enter talks with president Petro Poroshenko on a definitiv(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras, and Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy attend a signature ceremony between the EU, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova during the second day of the European leaders summit at EU council headquaters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool 2:35

Ukraine signed a historic free-trade and political cooperation agreement with the European Union today that has been at the heart of the country’s pol(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel insists she wants Jean-Claude Juncker as the next commission president. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

One hundred years after a Bosnian nationalist fired the shots that led to the outbreak of the first World War, EU leaders gather in the Flemish town (...)

A Ukrainian volunteer recruit of battalion “Azov” bids farewell with his girlfriend after an oath of allegiance ceremony in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Ukraine’s militants have agreed to suspend fighting, after the White House and European Union foreign ministers told Russia to stop aiding 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(...)

Trust director Alice Leahy: “We are now coming across conditions long disappeared since the advent of good food, eg malnutrition, trench foot and impetigo – conditions clearly associated with extreme poverty.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Conditions associated with malnutrition are now becoming evident among the homeless in Dublin, according to Alice Leahy, director of Trust the home(...)

 A damaged carriage of a passenger train Moscow-Chisinau after it collided with a cargo train near the town of Naro-Fominsk in the Moscow region today. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

A freight train jumped the tracks and collided with a passenger train near Moscow today, ripping the side off one of the carriages and killing at leas(...)

A single tank participates in a military parade on Victory Day, marking the 69th anniversary of the Allies’ victory over Nazi Germany, in  Tiraspol city in the breakaway Transnistrian Republic. Photograph: EPA/STR

A senior Russian official ratcheted up pressure on Moldova yesterday warning that the impoverished former Soviet country would face sanctions if it(...)