Ukrainian servicemen outside Shyrokino village, near the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan spoke about the plight of undocumented Irish in the US. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

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Pipelines  at a gas compressor station in Sudzha in Russia’s Kursk region. Trilateral talks in Vienna ended in deadlock  after the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers failed to reach an agreement on gas prices for the third quarter of the year. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Natural gas trade between Russia and Ukraine broke down on Wednesday after talks between the two sides aimed at keeping supplies flowing for the comin(...)

Bosnia Muslims pray near coffins at the memorial centre in Potocari during a mass burial near Srebrenica three years ago. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

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Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. As Syriza points out, Greece – just one border away from Islamic State-held territory – looks like a beacon of stability in a difficult neighbourhood. Photograph: Reuters

In February, when Greece’s new Syriza-led government reassured its lenders by agreeing to talks on its funding arrangements, the Italian economy minis(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty Images

US President Barack Obama spoke with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday in their first direct contact in four months as the United States (...)

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Historian Jonathan Bardon’s works include A History of Ulster (Blackstaff Press, 1992); Belfast: A Century (Blackstaff Press, 1999); Beyond the Stu(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with defence minister Sergei Shoigu. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/EPA/Ria Novosti

Nato defence chiefs meet today as the alliance changes its strategic posture to counter a combative Russia, and amid fears that rising military activi(...)

Ukrainians take up positions as they attend a military training session organised for civilians in Kiev on June 21st. The EU has approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA epa04812795 Ukrainians in military uniforms take up positions as they attend a military training session organized for civilians, in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 June 2015. The European Union on 19 June extended economic sanctions imposed on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol following their annexation by Russia, with the measures now due to stay in place until 23 June  2016. The sanctions were introduced last year, to reinforce the EU's opposition to Russia's illegal annexation of the two territories in March 2014. Relations between Brussels and Moscow are at their worst level since the end of the Cold War, due to Russia's actions in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine, where it is accused of supporting pro-Russian separatists.  EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

The European Union approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia on Monday in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukra(...)