Still image  from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a warplane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria,  November 24th, 2015. Photograph: HaberTurk TV

Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday morning was the result of a slow though steady rise in tensions building since Moscow’s deploymen(...)

Co-ordination: French president Francois Hollande talks to British prime minister David Cameron after a meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

President Francois Hollande is retaliating with diplomatic and military means against Islamic State for the November 13th attacks that killed 130 peop(...)

Belgian soldiers on the streets of Brussels on Saturday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Belgium raised the alert status for its capital Brussels to the highest level on Saturday, shutting the metro and warning the public to avoid crowds b(...)

 David Cameron: The prime minister’s hopes of winning a Commons majority for his new war were enhanced yesterday by Labour’s growing disarray over defence. Photograph: PA Wire

There was a dark whiff of 2003 and the prelude to the Iraq War around the Commons chamber yesterday as prime minister David Cameron sharply upped the (...)

French president  François Hollande observes a minute’s silence with other high-ranking officials. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/Reuters

President François Hollande has asked 925 members of France’s national assembly and senate to modify France’s constitution to enable the government to(...)

French president Francois Hollande, centre, flanked by French prime minister Manuel Valls, right, and French education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, center left, stands among students during a minute of silence in the courtyard of the Sorbonne University in Paris. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/Pool via AP

French president Francois Hollande appealed on Monday for a grand coalition including the United States and Russia to eradicate Islamic State in Syria(...)

Delicate diplomacy: John Kerry with foreign ministers from Russia, Sergei Lavrov; Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir; and Turkey, Feridun Sinirlioglu. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

The second round of talks on the Syrian crisis taking place in Vienna could be more positive than the initial October 30th session because the politic(...)

Yemenis play the victims of air strikes in a performance during a protest in front of the UN offices in Sana’a, Yemen on Sunday against ongoing Saudi-led military operations in the country. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA.

More than 50 people were killed in Yemen at the weekend in fighting that pits an Arab coalition against Houthi fighters backed by troops loyal to form(...)

The African Union report  disputes there was a coup attempt in December 2013 by former vice president Riek Machar. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Mass graves have been discovered in South Sudan with evidence of horrific crimes against civilians including forced cannibalism, according to a report(...)

South Africa’s foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in  New Delhi. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

The third India-Africa summit in seven years opened this week at a sports stadium in New Delhi, amidst unprecedented security and chaotic traffic jams(...)