People walk past a closed McDonald’s restaurant, one of four temporarily closed by the state food safety watchdog, in Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow yesterday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which com(...)

Dutch lender Rabobank said today its net profit slipped 3 per cent to €1.1 billion in the first half of the year, due to charges related to Dutch ban(...)

German minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen and German minister for foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a press conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Berlin is ready to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the defence and foreign ministers announced yesterday.As the (...)

A Carlsberg flag flies outside the brewing group’s headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, yesterday. Carlsberg, Russia’s biggest brewer, cut its full-year forecasts for revenue and earnings even as quarterly profit beat estimates, causing the shares to slump 3.6 percent. Photograph: Freya Ingrid Morales/Bloomberg

Trading was relatively flat across most of Europe following two consecutive days of gains. In the US, stocks rose to within five points of an all-t(...)

A man takes a ‘selfie’ as he stands with a Ukrainian flag on a Soviet-style star re-touched with blue paint so it resembles the yellow-and-blue national colours of Ukraine, atop the spire of a building in Moscow. Photograph: Ilya Varlamov /Reuters

Four people who climbed a Moscow skyscraper today and attached a Ukrainian flag to its spire have been charged with vandalism by Russian police and ma(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold. The building materials company’s shares finished down 1.8 per cent at the close yesterday, following the release of the company’s half-yearly figures. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Both European and US stocks made gains yesterday, with Ireland and Iceland the only western countries not to record a positive day’s trading while (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: the annexing of of Crimea could have unforseen consequences for Russia’s plans to host the 2018 World Cup.

Officials fear penalty for breaching Uefa regulations in Russian Cup preliminary matches and falling foul of Vladimir PutinSKChF Sevastopol won 2-0 at(...)

 man walks through the rubble of his destroyed house after Ukranian army shelling downtown of Khartsyzk (24km from Donetsk), Ukraine. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

A gun battle broke out in the centre of the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk and residents ran for cover from artillery fire today, taking a gover(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Sue Ronan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having become the latest Republic of Ireland women’s squad member to venture overseas to pursue her career, France-based Stephanie Roche is aiming to(...)

Cars produced by foreign automobile-makers at a dealership in Moscow. Russia may tighten sanctions against western nations to include a ban on imports of cars.

Russia may tighten retaliatory sanctions against western nations to include a ban on car imports if the US and the EU impose additional sanctions on M(...)