UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announces the suspension of peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday. Photograph: Martial Trezzin/Keystone via APi

The main Syrian opposition and government have traded blame for the suspension of UN mediated talks to end the four-year old war in Syria, but sponsor(...)

UN special envoy  Staffan de Mistura  announcing at a press conference in Geneva on Monday that Syrian peace talks are to begin on Friday. Photograph:  Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups aimed at ending the country’s near five-year-old ci vil war are to begin on Friday, UN speci(...)

Migrants walk through a frozen field after crossing the border from Macedonia, near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, on Monday. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

At certain moments, at certain places on the Balkan migration route into Europe, it can seem that a spirit of co-operation is finally overcoming the c(...)

The City Reptrak index for 2015 saw Dublin rise five places from last year, with a score of 72.68 out of 100. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin has risen five places to 22nd in a list of cities that have the best and worst reputations. According to the City Reptrak index for 2015, Sy(...)

Iranian schoolgirls attend President Hassan Rouhani’s speech to parliament before presenting the proposed annual budget in Tehran on Sunday. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

European Union officials will visit Iran as early as next month to explore possible energy links, the EU’s energy commissioner said yesterday, as the(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at the parliament in Tehran to present the draft budget for the next fiscal year. Photograph: Reuters

Iran’s president promised a flood of investment as Iranians celebrated the lifting of sanctions that have left the country outside the global economy(...)

‘Washington Post’ Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian during a press conference in Tehran in 2013. File photograph: EPA

Iran has freed four dual-nationality prisoners, one of whom is Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Iranian state television has announced. A memb(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by the US Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner as he steps from his plane upon arriving in Vienna on Saturday on what is expected to be “implementation day,” the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

International sanctions on Iran will be lifted on Saturday when the United Nations nuclear agency declares Tehran has complied with an agreement to sc(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘Whoever kills Schengen carries the internal market to its grave.’ Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

EU member states’ failure to deliver solutions to the migration crisis will have “enormous economic consequences” for the bloc, European Commission pr(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: To date has declined to cap asylum applications into Germany, insisting that a European strategy will reduce numbers. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Austria has announced it will cap the number of asylum applications this year and, from next week, will only allow would-be refugees into the country (...)