IMF managing director Christine Lagarde speaks to Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos prior to the beginning of a Eurozone finance ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Greece will fall into arrears with the International Monetary Fund and cannot receive any further loans when the Athens government fails to make a €1.(...)

Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions, argue with a bank employee in Iraklio in Crete. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters 1:49

Diplomatic efforts to persuade Greece to engage with European lenders have intensified ahead of the expected expiration of the Greek bailout on Tuesda(...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives a statement  on the situation in Greece, at the EU commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Jean-Claude Juncker took to the podium in the packed European Commission press room yesterday, but his focus was not the swarms of journalists that(...)

A member of the Afghan security forces stands on top of a concrete barrier. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

Protesters in the northern Afghan province of Parwan blocked the main highway yesterday after US forces raided the village of a local strongman and (...)

A protester flashes a victory sign behind a Greek flag in front of the parliament building, during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters 3:02

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged Greeks to reject the terms of an international aid deal in a July 5th referendum, dismissing warnings that a ‘(...)

Move in close: if you’re heading to one of Taylor Swift’s two Dublin shows, get ready to be her friend. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/Getty

1: She takes a stand Taylor Swift has always championed the underdog, so no one was terribly surprised when she picked a fight with Apple. Swift’s vic(...)

People wait  outside a National Bank of Greece branch, in Athens, Greece this morning. Greece is imposing capital controls and ordering the closure of banks. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA 5:02

Greeks woke up to shuttered banks, closed cash machines and a climate of rumours and conspiracy theories on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Ath(...)

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) at a hotel in Vienna. Photograph: Carlos Barria/AFP/Getty Images

Senior US and Iranian officials said hard work was still needed as they met in Vienna on Saturday for what could be their final negotiations to bridge(...)

 Pooja Mandagere (left) and Natalie Thompson celebrate  outside the US Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling  that the constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.  Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

US president Barack Obama hailed a Supreme Court ruling legalising same-sex marriage across the country as a “victory for America.” The ruling mean(...)

The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Confederate flag has meant different things to different people over the years in the United States. It is far more than just a diagonal blue cros(...)