Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

Armed people and military trucks are seen near a checkpoint outside a building on the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, November 12, 2014. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Ukraine said on Wednesday it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears that separatists will launch a new military offensive, despite Russia(...)

Elections are being held in eastern Ukraine today. Stickers displaying symbols of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic seen on ballot boxes, at a polling station in Donetsk. Photograph: /Maxim Zmeyev

Pro-Russian separatists are voting today to set up a breakaway regional leadership in eastern Ukraine aiming to take their war-torn region closer to R(...)

Ukrainian cadets after assembling yesterday by a monument for victims of the Nazi massacre in Babiy Yar in Kiev. The country is marking the 70th anniversary of liberation from the Nazis. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

Kiev and Washington have denounced Sunday’s planned elections in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as Russia defied the West by saying it would recognise(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said elections being organised by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk ‘people’s republics’ would be recognised. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Ukraine today condemned as “destructive and provocative” Russia’s stance towards elections organised by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine ne(...)

Ukrainian servicemen and a woman hold their ballots during a parliamentary election at a polling station in Kiev. Ukrainians voted yesterday in an election that is expected to strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end a separatist conflict in the east of the country. Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s main pro-EU parties have launched urgent coalition talks, after dominating a parliamentary election warmly praised by the West and grudgingl(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna this week for talks on curtailing Iran’s nuclear programme. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/EPA

The United States is still striving to complete a comprehensive agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear programme by the November 24th deadline, though “s(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk said:  “Russia definitely will not give us either peace or stability. It is not their goal. So I am asking the defence minister for full battle readiness.” Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine’s prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert yesterday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed (...)

Kurdish Peshmerga troops fighting  against Islamic State militants  in Khazir, on the border between Kurdistan and Iraq yesterday. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday that the US air campaign against radical Islamic State (IS) in Iraq would expand to Syria and wil(...)

A Ukrainian priest blesses members of a people’s volunteer corps during a rally in support of single Ukraine in  Mariupol yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Photomig

Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have pledged to call a ceasefire today if Kiev agrees to a peace plan proposed by Russian president Vl(...)