US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2nd L), US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (2nd R) wait to start a meeting with  Iranian officials in Lausanne. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers met on Monday in a final push for a preliminary nuclear accord less than two days before their dea(...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (centre) and director-general for political and security affairs at the French foreign ministry Nicolas de Riviere (right) attend a working session with their team  during Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne.  Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Iran and six world powers tried to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned that attempts to reach a preliminary de(...)

Opera singer Oleg Bryjak. “With Oleg Bryjak we have lost a great interpreter and wonderful person”

German shock at yesterday’s crash was mixed with unhappy memories of another major airline crash in Europe: the August 2000 crash of a chartered Conc(...)

 French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that France wants a “robust” agreement with Iran that guarantees no atomic bomb.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

France’s foreign minister said on Saturday that his country wanted an agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme that was sufficiently robust to guarante(...)

Security officials secure the site near La Terrasse restaurant where militants killed five people, including a French citizen and a Belgian citizen, in a gun attack in Bamako on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Militants have killed five people in a gun attack on a restaurant in Mali’s capital, including a French citizen and a Belgian security officer with t(...)

David Cameron: despite all  the British rhetoric, it has just three soldiers in Iraq’s Kurdish regions and just eight RAF Tornados deployed against Islamic State – only two of which are able to fly at any one time. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The cancellation filled only a couple of paragraphs in the morning papers last week: “France’s foreign minister cancels London visit due to Ukraine ta(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko as Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande look on prior the Ukrainian peace talks in Minsk.  Photograph: Andrei Stasevich/EPA

Hopes for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine hung in the balance last night, as major differences between Kiev and Moscow and the rebels it supports thr(...)

Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko (L), Russia’s president Vladimir Putin (2nd L), Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (R), Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and France’s president Francois Hollande pose for a family photo during peace talks in Minsk. Photograph: Grigory Dukor /Reuters 1:34

The four leaders meeting for peace talks in Belarus on the Ukraine crisis are planning to sign a joint declaration supporting Ukraine’s territorial in(...)

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Deadly missile fire has ripped into a government stronghold in eastern Ukraine, in advance of a summit on Wednesday seen as crucial to halting the spi(...)

A shrouded dead body lies on a gurney in a street following a reported air strike by government forces on the Bustan al-Bashar district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Zein al-Rifai/AFP/Getty

US support for diplomatic initiatives in Syria underscores the shifting views of how to end the civil war there and the West’s quiet retreat from its (...)