Followers of the Houthi rebels rally in Sanaa  against  Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen on  April 1st, 2015. The banner reads, “You commit major crimes against the Yemenis to please the Americans and Israelis”. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions across Yemen as a missile strike on a dairy factory killed 35 workers, authorities said, a(...)

Searching  for a deal ....  US secretary of state John Kerry looks at the view of Lake Geneva from his hotel room as the Iran nuclear talks continue, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Major powers and Iran were closer to a preliminary accord on reining in Tehran’s nuclear programme as marathon talks ran into Wednesday, but they hit (...)

A journalist naps after Iran nuclear program talks extended into the early morning at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Pool/Getty Images 1:28

China’s foreign minister said there was “significant progress in core issues” in Iran talks to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran’s nuclear pro(...)

April Fool’s Day is being used to admonish the Government for its continued failure to replace the almost 150-year-old Lunacy Act with promised capac(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry waits with others before a meeting with Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool via The New York Times 1:28

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said he would rejoin talks on Iran’s nuclear programme in Lausanne later on Tuesday and said there was a good (...)

Minister for Development Seán Sherlock said Ireland’s contribution would fund humanitarian supplies, health, education, water and sanitation services, as well as measures to protect children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland will provide €12 million in funding and emergency supplies to help people affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Minister of State for(...)

US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2nd L), US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (2nd R) wait to start a meeting with  Iranian officials in Lausanne. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers met on Monday in a final push for a preliminary nuclear accord less than two days before their dea(...)

The Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte: his party has just produced a seven-page position paper suggesting it’s time for Europe to close its borders to refugees and asylum-seekers. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

It’s indicative of what a hot topic immigration has become in the Netherlands that prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal Party has just produced a seven(...)

Rebel fighters from Suqour al-Sham Brigade fire their weapons towards forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad that are fleeing Idlib city. Photograph: Mohamad Bayoush/Reuters

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria have seized almost full control of the north-western city of Idlib, taking over major roundabouts a(...)

US under secretary for political affairs Wendy Sherman , secretary of state John Kerry, secretary of energy Ernest Moniz, National Security Council point person on the Middle East Robert Malley, EU political director Helga Schmid, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  at a meeting yesterday.

, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani spoke with the leaders of France, Britain, China and Russia yesterday in an apparent effort to break an impasse h(...)