A Russian employee of a hotel teaches belly dancing to Russian tourists in Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

The likelihood that a bomb caused the crash of a Russian airliner flying from Sharm al-Sheikh to St Petersburg has already had a devastating impact on(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during talks in Vienna on October 23rd on the Syrian civil war. Iran has accepted an invitation to join talks. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/New York Times

The participation of the Iranian foreign minister in Friday’s talks on resolving the Syrian crisis with colleagues from the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey a(...)

US defence secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen Joseph Dunford testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill about the US military strategy in the Middle East. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Pentagon plans to step up air strikes against Islamic State-controlled oil facilities in Syria as the US seeks to revamp its flagging military st(...)

The leaders of Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia sign  the peace agreement on Bosnia in  December 1995 whilst world leaders look on. Photo: Getty.

Could Russia’s military intervention in Syria be the prelude to – or even enable – a regional peace deal similar to the 1995 Dayton Agreement, which b(...)

 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: “We must make efforts towards a practical relationship with Russia . . . that must be the case. We can’t go on like this.” Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

The European Commission has denied there are divisions within the European Union over Russia following comments about EU policy by Jean-Claude Junc(...)

 General John Campbell testifies before the Senate armed services committee in Washington, DC. The commander said the MSF hospital was “mistakenly struck” by US forces. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

US special forces, rather than their Afghan allies, called in the deadly air strike on the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, the U(...)

Shaker Aamer: said he was originally seized by bounty hunters while working as a charity worker in Afghanistan in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay, is to be released after more than 13 years in detention without charge. T(...)

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(...)

A Ukrainian radical nationalist group Praviy Sektor (Right Sector) volunteer fighter fires his assault rifle during training near Pokrovskoe, eastern Ukraine, on Thursday. Photograph: Fabio Bucciarelli/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations Security Council will convene and senior US officials will meet today to discuss resurgent fighting in eastern Ukraine, amid cla(...)

US deputy secretary of state Antony J Blinken gives a joint press conference following a meeting with foreign affairs members of the anti-Islamic State coalition in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/ Stephane De Sakutin

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Washington continues to insist that the coalition fighting Islamic State is pursuing what US deputy secreta(...)