US Defense Secretary Ash Carter at a Nato defence ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Nato will double the size of its emergency response force and may send ground troops to Turkey, its secretary general said yesterday. Speaking after (...)

Belarussian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich, the 2015 Nobel literature winner, following a news conference in Minsk, Belarus on Thursday.  Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP

Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarussian journalist and prose writer, won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday “for her polyphonic writings, a monumen(...)

Tanks of the Ukrainian armed forces make a crossing during a withdrawal near the village of Nyzhnje in Luhansk region this week. Photograph:  Reuters

The European Union and Russia welcomed a decision by Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone local elections, which they had vowed(...)

IMF chief economist Maurice Obstfeld is flanked by Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti and Thomas Helbling of the IMF’s research department during a media briefing on the world economic outlook during its annual meeting in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

China’s slowdown and tumbling commodity prices will push global economic growth this year to the lowest level since the recession year 2009, the Inter(...)

Ireland head coach Billy Walsh. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

His future remains uncertain, but Billy Walsh maintains that the focus should be on his seven-strong squad at the World Championships in Doha. (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande at the start of a summit on Ukraine in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/Pool.

The Russian defence ministry said on Friday that it had bombed seven targets in Syria in overnight air raids, including a command post and a traini(...)

Stiff handshake: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande meet for bilateral talks before a summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine in Paris. Photograph: Michel Euler/Reuters.

A long-scheduled summit of the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine in Paris yesterday was intended to bring new dynamism to the peace proc(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Russian president Vladimir Putin during a bilateral prior to a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin is meeting the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany on Friday in a revived European push to bring peace to eastern (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision this week to launch air strikes on Syria marks a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in a 4-year-old civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters 1:29

Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it w(...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Mexico, in 2012. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Through the summer of 2015, Vladimir Putin has played a bold and unexpected diplomatic hand, taking Moscow from being frozen out over Ukraine to a pow(...)