Philip Hammond: ‘Assad must go, he can’t be part of Syria’s future. If we reach a deal on a transition authority, and Assad is part of it, then it will be necessary to talk with him.’ Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad must go but it might be necessary to talk with him as part of a deal on a transition of power, British foreign secre(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry steps off his plane after arriving at London’s Stansted Airport on Friday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Pool via The New York Times

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has to go but the timing of his departure should be decided through negotiatio(...)

Protesters  breaking into  British Embassy in the Iranian capital in November 2011. Photograph:  FarsNews/Getty Images

Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked it and burned the British flag. The move marks a tha(...)

A migrant walks along rail tracks as he tries to get into the Channel Tunnel and reach the UK  from Calais. Photograph: Zoltan Balogh/EPA 1:48

The African man who braved death to reach Britain by walking nearly the length of the Channel Tunnel last week faces another potential challenge: pris(...)

Migrants walk along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on August 10th, 2015. Photograph: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images

When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that(...)

 Philip Hammond:  ‘As long as the Europe Union’s laws are the way they are, many of them will only have to set foot in Europe to be pretty confident that they will never be returned to their country of origin.’ Photograph: Laura Lean/PA Wire

The upsurge of migrants heading to Europe from Africa is threatening to undermine living standards and social structures in the EU, British foreign se(...)

This screen grab image taken from a handout video released by News Corp Australia allegedly shows wreckage smoldering at the site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shortly after it crashed near the village of Grabove, some 80km east of Donetsk on July 17, 2014. Photograph: AFP Photo/News Corp Australia/Getty Images.

A newly released video from the immediate aftermath of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shows pro-Russian separatists rummaging thro(...)

A boy holds a Tunisian flag as he stands near bouquets of flowers laid at the beachside of the Imperiale Marhabada hotel, which was attacked by a gunman in Sousse, Tunisia. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised Irish citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Tunisia in light of increased security concerns. A stat(...)

An Iranian security guard stands as US secretary of state John Kerry meets the Iranian delegation including foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a hotel in Vienna where the  nuclear talks meetings are being held. Photograph:  Carlos Barria/Reuters

Tehran and world powers were still shy of a breakthrough at nuclear talks yesterday as foreign ministers flew in to lend heft to negotiations that foc(...)

British prime minister David Cameron  and EU Council president Donald Tusk shake hands prior to their meeting ahead of an EU summit at the EU Council in Brussels, June 25th, 2015. Photograph: Julien Warnand/AFP/Getty Images

A British official in the Justus Lipsius building at the heart of the EU headquarters in Brussels insisted on Thursday evening that David Cameron is c(...)