Fire is extinguished at shops destroyed by shelling on  the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, on  June 3rd,  2015. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday fought their first serious battles in months and Ukraine’s defence minister said an attempt (...)

Pro-Russian rebels drive on an armored military vehicle near city of Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of building up air defence systems inside eastern Ukraine and of involvement in training exercises of pr(...)

A Filipino fisherman in the foreground with  US Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay  to the rear during a landing exercise on a beach at San Antonio, Zambales province, Philippines,  on April 21st, 2015, as part of annual Philippine-US joint military manoeuvres some 220km  east of the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Filipino activists denounced China’s coastguard on Tuesday for allegedly turning water cannon on Philippine fishing boats in disputed waters, near wh(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (right) with members his negotiating team, including chief of staff Jon Finer (left) and under secretary for political affairs Wendy Sherman.  Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Iranian envoys are set to leave nuclear negotiations in Switzerland later on Friday after final consultations this afternoon with US secretary of sta(...)

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert  covers a wound to his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute after he was injured in an attack by an armed assailant. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

North Korea has described a knife attack that left the US ambassador in Seoul with an 11cm-long facial wound as “just punishment” for joint US-South K(...)

A file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The country is reportedly experiencing serious internet problems amid a row with the US over a hacking incident, with experts saying that online access is ‘totally down’. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters. 1:10

North Korea is experiencing serious internet problems, with experts saying that online access is “totally down”.It is not immediately clear if the int(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “The Barbaros ship will continue to do its seismic studies . .  nobody should try to create a crisis.” Photograph: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Cyprus’s president Nikos Anastasiades is to raise Turkey’s incursion into the island’s maritime exclusion zone at today’s European Council summit in B(...)

Photograph of a cake shaped like the White House together with sparklers burning and the US and British flags, as tweeted by the the British embassy in Washington.

The incident was not as incendiary as the original but the decision by British diplomats in Washington to mark the 200th anniversary of the torchin(...)

Smoke rises over the airport road area after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli. Photograph: Reuters

The US evacuated its embassy in Libya today, driving its staff under heavy military guard across the border to Tunisia because of escalating clashes (...)

Smoke rises from a bus station hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, as garbage fills the street in Jisr al-Hajj in Aleppo today. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

A report on the torture and killing of thousands of detainees in Syria are horrific and suggest systematic violations by the government of Syrian Pre(...)