Ukrainian servicewoman Nadiya Savchenko arrives  to a hero’s welcome at Boryspil International airport outside Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukrainian servicewoman Nadiya Savchenko was heading home on a plane from Russian captivity on Wednesday, part of an exchange for two Russians detained(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry,   Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov  and UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura    meet in Vienna. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

World and regional powers have agreed to try and turn a fragile truce in Syria into a comprehensive ceasefire. Meeting in Vienna, the global powers h(...)

The Merkel administration has “lost hope that the peace process can be revived so long as Netanyahu remains in office”. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Berlin officials have insisted that Germany’s support for Israel remains unconditional and unwavering, despite claims by a leading Social Democrat (SP(...)

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond (centre right) tours a naval base with Libya’s prime minister-designate Fayez Sarraj (centre left) during his visit to Tripoli on Monday. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday considered expanding the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean into Libyan waters amid concerns(...)

A Bundeswehr soldier: Germany’s army is currently forbidden from acting on domestic soil except in cases of national emergency. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Germany may lift its ban on domestic military deployments as part of a wider security policy review, ending a post-war practice introduced following (...)

A house  damaged during clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces in the   Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is controlled by separatist Armenians, in a still image taken from video footage. Photograph: Nagorno-Karabakh Military Handout/Reuters TV

A new wave of fighting broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Saturday, killing dozens and drawing international calls for an immediate ceasefire(...)

French president François Hollande with prime minister Manuel Valls: “We are facing a global threat that requires a global answer,” he said. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

David Cameron has condemned the attacks in Brussels as “appalling and savage”, warning that Britain faces “a very real terror threat”. The prime mini(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: “Who can, should act, and later we will negotiate distribution. We cannot wait longer for results in Brussels.” File photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has called for a European “coalition of the willing” to tackle the continent’s migration crisis – rather tha(...)

Left Party floor leader Sahra Wagenknecht called it “madness” to respond to the Paris attacks with bombings that would cause further civilian casualties. Photograph: EPA/Kay Nietfeld

Germany’s opposition parties have accused Berlin’s ruling grand coalition of bouncing the country into a war in Syria without proper debate and witho(...)

Tornados of the German air force’s reconnaissance squadron 51. From next month German Tornados will fly reconnaissance missions over Isis strongholds. Photograph: Carsten Rehder/dpa via AP

Germany has begun preparations to deploy 1,200 soldiers and provide technical assistance for the international alliance against so-called Islamic Stat(...)

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