German minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen and German minister for foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a press conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Berlin is ready to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the defence and foreign ministers announced yesterday.As the (...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov walk together during talks on the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Russia has said all issues related to it sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made in talks toward(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov (left) and Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin pass by one another while arriving for a group photo with French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier  during talks over the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine at Villa Borsig in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev said yest(...)

A US Navy F/A-18 Hornet launches off from the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in the Persian Gulf, at sea, yesterday. Aircraft from the carrier are part of the US military aircrafts conducting strikes against the Islamic State (IS) extremists in northern Iraq to halt their advance. EPA/MAZEN MAHDI

Air strikes by American fighter aircraft and drones have targeted Islamic State (IS) fighters near north Iraq’s vital Mosul dam.The Islamic State grou(...)

 German minister for foreign affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier: ‘Together with our European partners we are ready to make a contribution, such as an EU mission to oversee border crossings.’ Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

Germany has reacted cautiously to Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman’s call for Berlin to lead an EU inspection mission to Gaza.As a 72-hour (...)

Israeli infantry soldiers rest after leaving Gaza. A 72-hour truce went into effect in Gaza on August 5th. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israeli and Palestinian delegations to ceasefire talks in Cairo have agreed in principle to extend the 72-hour truce, which expires tomorrow morning, (...)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is seeking to escalate pressure on Russia. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Today’s meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels may have been scheduled for months, but rarely has a gathering of the bloc’s 28 foreign po(...)

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel spent the weekend packing for her summer holidays: walking shoes, sun cream and encrypted mobile phone. Distrac(...)

An Israeli soldier on the Israeli-Gaza border yesterday:  there was speculation that the intensified bombing was the first stage ahead of an invasion by armoured and infantry units. Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

Israel has stepped up its aerial assault on the area of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip after issuing warnings that compelled 10,000 residents(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at Maracana  in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel has struck a conciliatory note in her standoff with Washington, dismissing opposition calls to freeze free-trade talks in (...)