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US president Barack Obama pauses while speaking about Syria during a joint news conference with Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt  in Stockholm today. Photograph: Reuters

President Barack Obama said today he hoped Russian president Vladimir Putin would change his position of opposing military action against military tar(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande (C) stands on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday. Mr Hollande had assumed airstrikes against Syria would be under way before today’s parliamentary debate on the issue. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

A parliamentary vote on French military intervention in Syria may be the only way for French president François Hollande to defuse the political crisi(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that in Moscow’s view the only solution to the Syrian crisis was a diplomatic one. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

As western countries prepared to put pressure on president Vladimir Putin during the upcoming G20 summit in St Petersburg, there was no indication of (...)

A new commission will be formed following European Parliament elections and jostling is expected to begin sooner rather than later.

When world leaders gather in St Petersburg later this week for the G20 summit, one representative group may be forgiven for being a little more optimi(...)

Barack Obama’s description of Vladimir Putin as being like “a bored kid at the back of a classroom” has reportedly infuriated the Russian leader but global political developments may force the two leaders to exchange views on Russian soil at the G20 summit. Photograph: AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service

Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov has said it could not be ruled out that the Russian president and Barack Obama will “have the oppor(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel (mingle before the first working meeting of the G20 summit.

British prime minister David Cameron has said British laboratory tests have confirmed that the lethal sarin nerve gas was used in the chemical attack (...)

German chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel and the prime minister of hesse Volker Bouffier (CDU) greet supporters upon her arrival at an election campaign stop  in Frankfurt, Germany yesterday. Photograph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will push the G20 to make more progress on regulating financial markets and crack down on tax evasion, co(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.  Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

In a further boost to its support of President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has announced it is continuing to supply weaponry to Syrian government forces. (...)

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe: has indicated he is keen to improve relations and has called for high-level dialogue with China. Photograph: AP

China sees no reason to conduct talks with Japan over their dispute about ownership of a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, “because (...)

Journalists hold placards as they participate in a protest in Mumbai on Friday following  the rape of a photo journalist by five men inside an abandoned textile mill. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

A 22-year-old photographer was gang-raped by five men inside an abandoned textile mill in India’s financial capital Mumbai, police said yesterday, evo(...)

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