Rescue workers remove debris from a collapsed building in Thumane, northwest of capital Tirana, after an earthquake hit Albania. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

At least 21 people are dead and 600 injured after an earthquake struck Albania, flattening buildings, tearing open roads and prompting countries acros(...)

The Israeli settlement of Efrat, near the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration’s announcement that it is to break with the 40-year-old US position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank – a position that(...)

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic, who  will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Balkan leaders have been invited to Brussels amid concern over their countries’ prospects for membership of the European Union, following the bloc’s d(...)

Prime minister Viktor Orban’s “defence” of the nation against migrants and diatribes against a “meddling” Brussels are broadly popular in Hungary. Photograph: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary’s government has broken ranks with the European Union by refusing to condemn Turkey’s invasion of Syria and saying it is in the Hungarian nati(...)

High representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini: warned Turkey “any kind of demographic engineering in the region would be particularly dangerous”. Photograph: Julien Warnand

EU foreign ministers have unanimously condemned Turkey for its “unilateral military action in northeast Syria” and demanded it withdraw its forces.&nb(...)

Civilians flee amid Turkish bombardment of Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn along the Turkish border on Wednesday. Photograph:  Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

The EU has strongly condemned Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria. EU diplomats expressed anger at what was seen as a destabilising betrayal by t(...)

Vladimir Tsemakh, a Ukrainian man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17 has been released from custody in Kiev. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

A long-awaited prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine should take place in the near future, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced on Thursday, (...)

Turkish ship Yavuz anchored off Cyprus’s east coast in preparation for drilling. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkey has rejected European Union charges that its oil and gas drilling in Cypriot waters are violations of international law and accused Brussels of(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Outgoing US acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan: Mark Esper, army secretary and  former Raytheon executive, is set to take his role. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration for the post of Pentagon chief, making him the latest person to leave a (...)

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