In criticising Russia’s bombing operations in Syria, western sources have been quick to point to photographic evidence that suggests the Russians have(...)

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly found the EU’s executive body’s approach to publicising meetings with tobacco lobbyists  was “inadequate, unreliable and unsatisfactory”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Commission has rejected a ruling by EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly which found that the Commission breached UN transparency rules in its mee(...)

The   Rembrandt wedding portraits jointly purchased by France and the Netherlands. Photograph: Rijksmuseum

The French and Dutch governments and two of Europe’s leading museums, the Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, have come together to buy(...)

An Islamic State loyalist in the terror group’s de factor capital, Raqqa, in Syria, in June 2014. Photograph: Reuters

The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria, aiming to put pressure on Raqqa, the terr(...)

A handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres shows the hospital in Kunduz. Photograph: MSF handout/EPA 0:51

Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is ‘disgusted’ by Afghan government claims justifying a suspected US air strike that kill(...)

Surgeons work inside a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital after the  air strike in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Photograph: Reuters 0:51

Médecins Sans Frontières has demanded that an independent international body investigate the air strike that hit an Afghan hospital on Saturday, kill(...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe: accused of not understanding Europe’s refugee crisis. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images.

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe finally answered critics of his government’s asylum policies this week with a short blast of realpolitik: Japan must(...)

Dark streaks on the slopes of Hale Crater on Mars are believed to have been formed by seasonal flow of water. Photograph: EPA/Nasa/ JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

In the Ray Bradbury short story A Sound of Thunder, a time traveller goes back to the late Cretaceous era, because who doesn’t want to see a live dino(...)

Uphill battle: the aftermath of air strikes in Kafr Nabel, a town in Idlib province. Photograph: Hadi al-Abdallah via AP

The timeline of Syria’s grinding civil war is dotted with illusory turning points. These were atrocities or grim milestones that the world assumed wou(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande at the start of a summit on Ukraine in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/Pool.

The Russian defence ministry said on Friday that it had bombed seven targets in Syria in overnight air raids, including a command post and a traini(...)