Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning arrives for his trial at the court in Detmold, western Germany. Photograph:  Wolfgang Rattay/AFP/Getty Images

A 94-year-old ex-SS man went on trial in western Germany on Thursday, accused of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people in the Au(...)

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has been nominated to a second term

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has been nominated to a second term, setting in train her unopposed re-appointment. M(...)

Heineken, the world’s third-largest brewer, on Wednesday increased its dividend by more than expected and forecast higher revenues and profits in 2016(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin/Reuters

Russia is exploring international bond issuance for the first time since the war in Ukraine sparked sanctions from the West in 2014, in a sign that th(...)

Ukraine’s economy minister Aivaras Abromavicius:  stepped down as economy minister, claiming political  interference. Photograph:  Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukraine’s government is on the brink of collapse after the resignation of a leading reformer split the ruling coalition, and deepened western fears t(...)

Adi Roche, founder of Chernobyl Children International (CCI), with Ann Doherty, chief executive of Cork City Council and Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin.

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster nearly 30 years ago “left its imprint right across Europe”, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Chris O’Leary, has said on a visit (...)

The cockpit wreckage of Flight MH17: on December 15th, Putin signed a  law allowing the Constitutional Court in Moscow to overrule  decisions of international courts where they contradict the principle of supremacy of the Russian constitution. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

With the findings of the criminal investigation into the Flight MH17 disaster due in mid-year, it’s instructive to see Russia’s president Vladimir Put(...)

The premier of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, speaking during a press conference at the Bavarian representation in Berlin on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Rainer Jensen

Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer has caused alarm and annoyance in Berlin by meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow, amid growing tensi(...)

Protesters shout slogans during a large demonstration in Chisinau, Moldova, on Sunday. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/EPA

Moldovans are taking to the streets to protest against corruption and a controversial new government, but a potential driver of much needed change is (...)

 Lawrence Krauss, from Arizona State University, helps unveil the Doomsday Clock after the announcement that it would remain at three minutes to midnight, in Washington, DC, US. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The Iran nuclear deal and movement on climate change have prompted the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic countdown to global cata(...)