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 (...)

Marine Le Pen mocked the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius for avoiding the word “Islamist” and for referring to Islamic State by their Arabic name, Daesh. Photograph: Yoan Valat

After remaining mostly quiet following the attacks of January 7th-9th, National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen has blamed the atrocities on long- sta(...)

 Armed Belgian police officers guard the building of the Federal Parquet in Brussels, Belgium, on  January 16th, 2015. Thirteen people were detained in 12 anti-terrorism raids in the Belgian city of Verviers. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Dozens of suspected terrorists were arrested by police across northern Europe yesterday as part of a crackdown on jihadism, as Belgian authorities (...)