Lima was never going to save the world. What the UN’s 20th climate change conference (Cop20) was meant to do, however, was to lay firm foundations for(...)

Members of parliament applaud after the vote in the French National Assembly on Tuesday in favour of recognition of a Palestinian state. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

French lawmakers have urged their government to recognise Palestine, a symbolic move that will not immediately affect France’s diplomatic stance but d(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

Kurdish refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani in a refugee camp  the Turkish town of Suruc yesterday. Turkey has warned of  a further wave of refugees. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Syrian forces are committing massacres in and around Syria’s second city, Aleppo, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed yesterday.As US warpl(...)

 A frame grab from video released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday showing an alleged Islamic State militant (left) holding a gun as he claims to be inside the Syrian 17th Division Military Base just outside Al-Raqqah, Syria. Photograph: EPA

Islamic State fighters pushed into two districts of the strategically important Syrian border town of Kobani in fierce fighting late today, Kurdish of(...)

A Syrian Kurdish refugee  and her daughter waits for transportation after crossing into Turkey from  Kobani yesterday. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamic State militants for the Syrian border town of Kobani fuelled rising tension inside Turkey yesterday as th(...)

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near Mosul in Iraq yesterday. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Twenty-six countries, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and 10 Arab states, as well as representatives of the Arab Leagu(...)

French president François:  has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s rebel economy minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary (...)

French president François Hollande Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France has said it wants to convene Arab states, Iran and key world powers to co-ordinate a broad response against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Is(...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov walk together during talks on the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Russia has said all issues related to it sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress has been made in talks toward(...)