French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said today securing a ceasefire for the Gaza Strip and preventing an escalation of the latest outbreak of host(...)

Former British foreign minister Jack Straw  speaks with Alaeddin Boroujerdi  head of the foreign policy commission of the Iranian parliament, at the parliament in Tehran on Wednesday  to prepare the resumption of diplomatic ties. PHotograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA .

Iran’s talks with the European Union have ended with an agreement over outstanding issues about the practical details of implementing a nuclear agree(...)

The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran have held “very productive” talks on how to advance a long-blocked investigation into Iranian atomic activities.   Iran is seen to be engaging more openly on the topic of its nuclear ambitions since  the election president Hassan Rouhani.  Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters.

The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran have held “very productive” talks on how to advance a long-blocked investigation into Iranian atomic activities and w(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (left) laughs with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva today. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/Reuters

Iran said it presented “logical” proposals in talks with six world powers in Geneva today aimed at achieving a breakthrough in a decade-old standoff (...)

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter (left) provides cover for his fellow fighter inspecting a body, which according to the FSA was one of the forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, during an offensive to seize Aleppo’s town of Khanasir. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting president Bashar al-Assad, accor(...)

People react as Egyptian military aircraft fly over Tahrir Square in Cairo on  the day after President Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Egyptian prosecutors escalated what appeared to be a widespread round-up of top Muslim Brotherhood members today, acting hours after the military depo(...)