An Iranian security guard stands as US secretary of state John Kerry meets the Iranian delegation including foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a hotel in Vienna where the  nuclear talks meetings are being held. Photograph:  Carlos Barria/Reuters

Tehran and world powers were still shy of a breakthrough at nuclear talks yesterday as foreign ministers flew in to lend heft to negotiations that foc(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry leans his crutches on a table before delivering his statement on Cuba outside the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Carlos Barria/AFP/Getty Images

The global nuclear watchdog has said its head would fly to Tehran to discuss some of the last big issues that need to be resolved so that Iran and wor(...)

A man watches a television broadcast of US president Barack Obama speaking, in Havana on Wednesday. Mr Obama said the US would increase contacts with the Cuban people and engage with the Havana government, civil society and ordinary Cubans. Photograph: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters

The United States and Cuba have agreed to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, officially restoring diplomatic relations more than a half centur(...)

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(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty Images

US President Barack Obama spoke with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday in their first direct contact in four months as the United States (...)

rench foreign minister Laurent Fabius held a meeting on the proposal with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the West Bank, on Sunday. Photograph: Thomas Coex/EPA

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius’s initiative was considered the last hope of reviving the dead “peace process” between Israel and Palestinians.(...)

There was more than a whiff of the Cold War about Vladimir Putin’s announcement this week that Russia would beef up its nuclear arsenal, putting more (...)

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi in Tehran in September 2013. Rezaian, a dual Iranian-American citizen, has been been jailed since July last year on charges including espionage. Photograph: EPA/STR

Jason Rezaian’s article in the Washington Post on July 17th, 2014 was a charming colour feature about how a growing number of Iranians were embracing (...)

Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to the US, next to a photograph taken by his partner, Pascal Blondeau, at his residence in Washington. After a distinguished career in the French foreign ministry, Araud is trumpeting his support for same-sex marriage. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

I’m a little worried about the French ambassador to the United States. Sure, he’s good-looking and charming and popular and lives in the most romanti(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry was in Geneva to meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva in an effort to bridge differences on a far-reaching nuclear deal that is to be sealed by the end of next month. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry broke his right leg in an accident while cycling a portion of the Tour de France route near Scionzier, France, on Sun(...)