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Smoke rises on the Syrian side of the border in Hassa, near Hatay, southern Turkey, as Turkish jet fighters hit People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions. Photograph:  Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week a young British woman, Anna Campbell, died while fighting Turkish forces with the YPJ, an all-female Kurdish militia protecting the city of (...)

Macedonian foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov (right) meets with Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias in Skopje, Macedonia, on Friday. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Greece has reported more progress in talks with Macedonia towards ending their 27-year dispute over the ex-Yugoslav republic’s name, which must be re(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk listens during a news conference following a summit of EU leaders in Brussels. Photograph: Bloomberg

The European Union has recalled its ambassador from Moscow after leaders on the continent threw their weight behind Theresa May’s stance over the Sali(...)

An ambulance carrying Syrians wounded in a rebel rocket attack on a busy shopping area in the Jaramana suburb arrive at a hospital in Damascus on Wednesday.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army and its allies advanced into insurgent-held eastern Ghouta on Wednesday as civilians living in the nearby Jaramana suburb of the capit(...)

Leader of the Russian biker gang Night Wolves, Alexander “The Surgeon” Zaldostanov, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the second World War in Brest, Belarus, in 2015. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

A Russian biker gang that counts the country’s president Vladimir Putin as an honorary member is embarking on a controversial Balkan tour, despite two(...)

Salisbury nerve-agent attack: emergency services at the grave of Liudmila Skripal, wife of the poisoned former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, will secure the support of European Union allies on Monday over the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripa(...)

Members of the Defence Forces pass the GPO during the ceremony commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising 1916 on Dublin’s O’Connell Street in 2016.Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is justly proud of its military neutrality. It is a principle that enhances our ability to pursue key foreign policy goals and amplifies our v(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Donald  Trump also signed on to an unusually strong statement that accused Russia of being behind the “first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the second world war”. Photograph:  Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Nato’s leading powers closed ranks against Vladimir Putin on Thursday as the US unveiled new sanctions against Moscow and joined with France and Germa(...)

A Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army soldier with machine gun during an offensive, at Der Mismis Village, southeast of Afrin, Syria, on Tuesday. Photograph: STR/EPA

The UN and western powers have focused on the Syrian army’s offensive against jihadis in eastern Ghouta abutting Damascus, while Turkish forces have l(...)

 British ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow  was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry amid escalating tension over the alleged poisoning case. Photograph: EPA/Yuri  Kochetkov

As Tuesday night’s deadline approached, nobody in Westminster expected Russia to offer any explanation of last week’s attack in Salisbury that would s(...)

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