Russian tanks drive from Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia towards the Roki tunnel that leads into Russia following the five-day war with Georgia in August, 1988. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

As tensions mount between Russia and the West over the MH17 disaster and Moscow’s intervention in Syria, the prosecutor at the International Crimin(...)

Deal to be done?: a student protests in Tehran in support of Iran’s nuclear programme. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP

So Iran is about to clinch a deal with the world’s great powers? Maybe. The umpteenth deadline passed on July 9th, when the United States Congress do(...)

French peacekeeping soldiers leave their base in Mpoko international airport in Bangui last December. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

The road from Bangui to Brussels goes through Paris, literally and figuratively. Catherine Samba Panza, the interim president of the Central A(...)

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba looks on during a news conference  in London on Monday following a meeting by foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria group of states.  Mr Jarba has close links with Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Getty Images

The US-Russia sponsored conference on the Syrian crisis is in jeopardy due to the refusal of the Western- and Arab-backed opposition National Coalitio(...)

A family at a state-run shelter where the Syrian government placed surviving families of a reported rebel massacre in Latakia. Photograph: Andrea Bruce/The New York Times

Syrian opposition fighters massacred at least 190 civilians and took more than 200 hostages during an August military operation against a dozen villag(...)

Protesters from leftist parties shout slogans during a demonstration against military strikes on the Syrian government and to show their support for the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, after Friday prayers in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Majed Jaber/Reuters

UN inspectors yesterday visited a military hospital in Damascus to interview soldiers said to have been affected by a chemical attack by rebels or fun(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi: “A political resolution is still the only way out.” Photograph: Reuters/Adrian Bradshaw

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council should not be pushed into any military action on Syria before(...)