A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near Mosul in Iraq yesterday. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Twenty-six countries, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and 10 Arab states, as well as representatives of the Arab Leagu(...)

French president François:  has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s rebel economy minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary (...)

French president François Hollande Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France has said it wants to convene Arab states, Iran and key world powers to co-ordinate a broad response against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Is(...)

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(...)

A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine proceeds near the city of Yelets yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov

Russia insisted it has permission from Kiev to drive 287 trucks of humanitarian aid to the strongholds of pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine, de(...)

Inas (left), an Iraqi Christian living in exile in Paris, talks often to her sister Mariam, a refugee from the jihadists of the Islamic State, via Skype. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Mariam, a 50-year-old Christian obstetrician from Mosul in Iraq, considers herself and her family lucky, though she fears they will never again see th(...)

Competition in Paris’ 5-star hotel markets is gearing up. Following the opening of the Peninsula (pictured), LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury-goods company, is set to open its own ‘palace’ by converting La Samaritaine department store.

A stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, in a building where George Gershwin composed “An American in Paris” in 1928, the Peninsula opened its doors (...)

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

Iraqi men gather outside of the main army recruiting center to volunteer for military service in Baghdad yesterday after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. Photograph: AP Photo/Karim Kadim

US president Barack Obama yesterday threatened military strikes in Iraq against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace(...)

Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko (2nd L), German chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Russian president Vladimir Putin talk after a group photo during the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Benouville, France. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko held their first face-to-face talks today on the sidelines of a D-Day (...)