Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the plenum at Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is struggling to form a stable coalition before Wednesday’s deadline after the surprise decision of a former(...)

“The sanctions policy pursued by the West, that is, ourselves, a necessary consequence of which has been what the Russians are doing, causes more harm to us than to Russia,” Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban has said. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

The European Union has harmed itself economically with the sanctions it has imposed on Russia over the situation in Ukraine, Hungarian prime minister (...)

Poles have shown their support for local farmers by posting selfies of themselves eating  apples on Twitter

An apple a day keeps the doctor away; a Polish apple a day keeps Vladimir Putin annoyed – and Polish farmers in business. That is the idea behind an (...)

An anti-government protester looks at riot police standing behind their shields at the site of clashes in Kiev today. Photograph: Reuters

Anti-government activists have seized Ukraine’s justice ministry building as protests against president Viktor Yanukovich continued to intensify acros(...)

Protesters try to storm Ukraine House, where dozens of riot police were based during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early this morning. Photograph:  Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Police have clashed with protesters in central Kiev today and unrest has begun to spread outside the capital after embattled president Viktor Yanukovi(...)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (2-L) speaks with opposition leaders Arseniy Yatsenyuk (3-R), Vitali Klitschko (2-R) and Oleh Tyagnybok (R) during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/Epa/Pool

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich has offered top government posts to two liberal opposition leaders in a bid to quell protests that are growing (...)

A vendor puts chickens into a plastic bag at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province, today. Chinese authorities reported four new cases  of a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans that has already killed two people. Photograph: Reuters

China has identified two new cases of a new strain of bird flu, and one of the victims has died, in the eastern city of Hangzhou, state media s(...)

A worker in protective clothing prepares to haul away dead pigs pulled from a river along Zhonglian village of Jinshan district in Shanghai. The number of dead pigs found in the Shanghai river that provides drinking water to the Chinese financial hub has risen to almost 15,000. Photograph: AP

CLIFFORD COONAN Nearly two weeks after officials began pulling pig carcasses out of the Huangpu, t(...)