David Cameron: despite all  the British rhetoric, it has just three soldiers in Iraq’s Kurdish regions and just eight RAF Tornados deployed against Islamic State – only two of which are able to fly at any one time. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The cancellation filled only a couple of paragraphs in the morning papers last week: “France’s foreign minister cancels London visit due to Ukraine ta(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko as Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande look on prior the Ukrainian peace talks in Minsk.  Photograph: Andrei Stasevich/EPA

Hopes for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine hung in the balance last night, as major differences between Kiev and Moscow and the rebels it supports thr(...)

Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko (L), Russia’s president Vladimir Putin (2nd L), Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (R), Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel (C) and France’s president Francois Hollande pose for a family photo during peace talks in Minsk. Photograph: Grigory Dukor /Reuters 1:34

The four leaders meeting for peace talks in Belarus on the Ukraine crisis are planning to sign a joint declaration supporting Ukraine’s territorial in(...)

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Deadly missile fire has ripped into a government stronghold in eastern Ukraine, in advance of a summit on Wednesday seen as crucial to halting the spi(...)

A shrouded dead body lies on a gurney in a street following a reported air strike by government forces on the Bustan al-Bashar district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Zein al-Rifai/AFP/Getty

US support for diplomatic initiatives in Syria underscores the shifting views of how to end the civil war there and the West’s quiet retreat from its (...)

Marine Le Pen mocked the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius for avoiding the word “Islamist” and for referring to Islamic State by their Arabic name, Daesh. Photograph: Yoan Valat

After remaining mostly quiet following the attacks of January 7th-9th, National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen has blamed the atrocities on long- sta(...)

 Armed Belgian police officers guard the building of the Federal Parquet in Brussels, Belgium, on  January 16th, 2015. Thirteen people were detained in 12 anti-terrorism raids in the Belgian city of Verviers. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Dozens of suspected terrorists were arrested by police across northern Europe yesterday as part of a crackdown on jihadism, as Belgian authorities (...)

French president François Hollande (left) welcomes US secretary of state John Kerry prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace on Friday. Mr  Kerry’s visit came after criticism of the US for not sending a top-level representative to a march in Paris last weekend. Photograph: AFP

French police have arrested 12 people suspected of helping militant Islamist gunmen in last week’s killings in Paris.The arrests came after Belgian po(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, who defended the absence of a high-ranking American leader. Photograph: Rick Wilking/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama White House made the rare move of admitting a mistake by saying that it should have sent a senior leader to join with the heads of 40 count(...)

‘There is the danger that in conceding that freedoms can rightly be limited we turn the discussion into one in which we are considering how much the victim of an attack on freedom of speech like Charlie Hebdo was to blame for its own fate.’ Above, a woman holds a placard   in front of the French embassy in Rome. Photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” – John Milton, AreopagiticaIt is an uncomfo(...)