US secretary of state John Kerry looks out of the window of his room at the Beau-Rivage Palace hotel during a break in Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on Tehran’s nuclear programme as marathon talks ran into yesterday, but were stuck over k(...)

Searching  for a deal ....  US secretary of state John Kerry looks at the view of Lake Geneva from his hotel room as the Iran nuclear talks continue, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but they hit (...)

Supporters of   Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress (APC) party celebrate in Kano on March 31st, 2015. Nigeria’s opposition APC declared an election victory on Tuesday for former military ruler Mr Buhari and said Africa’s most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

With anger swelling over corruption, inequality and the devastating Boko Haram insurgency in the nation’s north, Nigerians have chosen a former gener(...)

All Progressives Congress (APC) party supporters sit on the floor during a march towards the Independent National Electoral Commission Office in Port Harcourt calling for the cancellation of the presidential elections in the Rivers State. Some 2,000 women protesting against the conduct of elections in Nigeria’s Rivers state were teargassed on Monday as they tried to register their complaints with electoral officials. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan and his rival Muhammadu Buhari were running neck and neck on Monday after the first phase of results in an eagerl(...)

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(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaking to members of Age UK in London yesterday. Looking flustered on stage, the prime minister said: “I’ll be frank: if you are not satisfied with how elderly people are being looked after and valued by this government, don’t blame other ministers, blame me.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Dennis Andrews caught prime minister David Cameron’s attention by waving his walking stick in the air. Very soon afterwards, Cameron was regretting th(...)

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond meets with US secretary of state John Kerry (right) on 21st February, 2015 in London, England. Photograph: Neil Hall/Pool/Getty Images)

The United States and its allies are discussing imposing more sanctions against Russia for undermining a European-brokered truce in eastern Ukraine, U(...)

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 delivers a speech at the 9th Congress of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia in Sochi on February 7th, 2015. Photograph: Aleksey Nikolskyi/AFP/Getty Images

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond accused Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday of acting like a “tyrant” over Ukraine, but said Kiev’s fo(...)

Jennifer Walshe: seems to feel like a musical foundling who arrived in the world with enthusiasms that don’t fit with the culture around her. Photograph: Eugene Langan, copyright Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland

In the early 20th century composer Johnny O’Connor-Murphy wrote an opera titled The Hound of the Baskervilles in Ballydehob. It has been described (...)