Matthias Mueller of Volkswagen, Harald Krueger of BMW, Dieter Zetsche of Daimler and Matthias Wissmann of the German Automobile Industry Association in Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Germany’s big three car companies – VW, Daimler and BMW – have agreed to an EU-wide software update on millions of diesel cars to reduce harmful emiss(...)

Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday. Photograph: /Omar Sobhani/Reuters

A Taliban suicide bomber has killed 24 people in an area of Kabul where prominent politicians live, causing residents and analysts to question the gov(...)

A man carries a sign reading “a year has passed, who killed Pavla?” during a march in central Kiev on Thursday  to commemorate the death of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet. Photograph:  Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union, rights groups and media watchdogs have joined friends and former colleagues of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet in urging U(...)

Police officers inspect the scene of a terrorist attack on a security checkpoint at al-Badrashein town,  Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed Asad/EPA

An Egyptian man stabbed two German tourists to death and wounded four other foreigners at a popular seaside vacation spot on Friday, officials and wit(...)

A police helicopter flies over Venezuela’s Supreme Court building in Caracas on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Venezuelan authorities were searching on Wednesday for a policemen who attacked key installations by helicopter, but critics of President Nicolás Mad(...)

Mecca attack: Saudi security forces inspect the site of the foiled terror plot. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty

Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of th(...)

 Burnt cars and body bags are seen on the on the N236 road between Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera in  Portugal after a forest fire that killed at least 57 people. Photograph: EPA

Raging forest fires in central Portugal have killed at least 62 people, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road. Nearly 60 oth(...)

Members of Iranian forces take cover during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Tasnim News Agency/Handout/Reuters

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards ratcheted up the tensions with Saudi Arabia as it accused its regional rival of involvement in Wednesday’s double terroris(...)

People gather at the scene  bombings that targeted the funeral of one of the victims of violent protests in Kabul. Photograph: EPA

At least six people have died after explosions at a funeral in Kabul reportedly attended by government officials, including members of parliament. A (...)

 Adam Osmayev, an English-educated Chechen commander of a Ukrainian volunteer battalion, at its base in Lysychank, eastern Ukraine in 2015. He is in hospital recovering from the attack. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin

Kiev officials believe Moscow was behind a dramatic assassination attempt on a British-educated Chechen who has fought against Kremlin-backed militia (...)

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