French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault  and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Tuesday. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s foreign minister has refused to confirm that the country conducted a missile test, saying its missile programme is not part of a 2015 nuclear d(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, right, and other foreign ministers and representatives in Paris. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AP

More than 70 countries and international organisations met in Paris on Sunday to “reaffirm support for a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of(...)

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir arrives for the opening of the Mideast peace conference in Paris on Sunday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Major powers will send a message to US president-elect Donald Trump on Sunday that a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians is the only(...)

 Mahmoud Abbas with  Binyamin Netanyahu in  2016. Mr Mahmoud will meet French leaders, but Mr Netanyahu has refused to attend the conference. Photograph: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images

The French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will host representatives of more than 70 countries and international organisations at the Paris Confere(...)

France’s minister for foreign affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: Mr Ayrault has thanked Mr Flanagan for making contacts with Israelis and Palestinians.

A “French initiative” to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is not dead, the foreign ministers of France and Ireland said at a joint press c(...)

Enda Kenny  will address businessmen in San Francisco and New York while on his US visit . Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will today begin a three-day trip to the United States, where he will meet business leaders in New York and California’s Silicon (...)

Donald Trump’s victory could  raise problems for Europe given his stated support for Russian president Vladimir Putin and his questioning of Washington’s commitment to Nato. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/EPA

EU foreign ministers gathered on Sunday evening for two days of meetings in Brussels that are expected to be dominated by the ongoing conflict in Syri(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, pictured at a  reception newly-arrived foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin on Wednesday, wished Donald Trump success on his election as US president. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

Russia, Ukraine & Hungary The Kremlin was quick to congratulate Donald Trump on Wednesday morning and Russia’s lower house of parliament broke in(...)

Germany’s minister for economic affairs Sigmar Gabriel, centre,  and his delegation arrive  at the airport in Beijing, China, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Bernd Von Jutrczenka

Normally feisty but fruitful, trade relations between the European Union and China have become decidedly scratchy – as the two sides argue over knotty(...)

 A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier relaxes in Bartella, a village  recaptured from Islamic State during the battle to retake Mosul, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Residents of Mosul said Islamic State was using civilians as human shields as Iraqi and Kurdish forces captured outlying villages in their advance on (...)

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