In 2010, a scorching summer left bears in Siberia so hungry that some began digging up human graves. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Dozens of hungry bears have besieged a small town in Russia’s far east, roaming the streets and attacking residents. In the past month, more than 30 b(...)

France was the first country to join the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq, but had ruled out doing so in Syria, fearing that would benefit president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

France is considering conducting air strikes on Islamic State in Syria, joining an international coalition led by the United States, Le Monde newspape(...)

Bashar al-Assad: according to Vladimir Putin, the Syrian president ‘agrees to holding parliamentary elections and establishing contacts with the so-called healthy opposition’. Photograph: EPA/SANA

Russian president Vladimir Putin declared yesterday that his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, is prepared to conduct early parliamentary elections(...)

Phones are charged at Keleti Railway Station in Budapest. Photograph: Herbert P Oczeret/EPA

Ahmed and Nur thought they had escaped Europe’s worst crisis when they packed their rucksacks and left eastern Ukraine behind. They studied in Kharkiv(...)

Internet governance is broadening out

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is coming to Dublin. The occasion – a first for Ireland – is the 54th public meeting,(...)

Anti-tank missiles are displayed at the military parade in Beijing on September 3rd, 2015. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters 1:16

China put on a muscular display of military might in a parade in Beijing to mark the anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second World War 70 years ag(...)

EU agriculture commissioner  Phil Hogan may be facing one of his toughest challenges yet in the role. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

It’s almost a year since former minister for the environment Phil Hogan faced MEPs at a European Parliament hearing held to approve his appointment as(...)

Secretary of state John Kerry: Voting against Iran nuclear deal would be a “self-destructive blow to our nation’s leadership”. Photograph: Getty Images

President Barack Obama has scored a major victory by securing the support of Democrat Barbara Mikulski as the 34th senator to back his nuclear deal wi(...)

Irish film director Johnny O’Reilly’s interview with a Russian television station was cut short when he said Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov had been thrown in prison for political reasons.

Irish film director Johnny O’Reilly’s interview with a Russian television station was dramatically cut short after he said Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Se(...)

The US coastguard’s heavy-duty icebreaker Polar Sea is the only one remaining in the fleet. Photograph: Rob Rothway/US Coast Guard/Reuters

United States president Barack Obama yesterday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the US Arctic, where quickly melting (...)