Russian president Vladimir Putin. In interviews on Monday, French president Francois Hollande said he was “still asking himself” whether he should receive Mr Putin. “Is it useful? Is it necessary?” he said. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin has cancelled his visit to Paris next week, as relations deterioriated further over what France calls “war crimes” co(...)

Staffan de Mistura: The UN’s  special envoy  to Syria  said he was willing to go personally to eastern Aleppo to escort  rebel fighters out of the city. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The entire rebel-held section of eastern Aleppo could be destroyed by Christmas if the “cruel, constant” Russian- backed bombing of the Syrian city co(...)

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has returned to New York and is said to be ‘badly shaken’ following an armed robbery in Paris where  jewellery worth an estimated €10 million was stolen. Photograph: PA

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian returned to New York “badly shaken” on Monday after being robbed at gunpoint in her Paris residence by masked men who s(...)

The 15-member United Nations Security Council were set to  begin talks on the draft text dealing with Aleppo – drafted by France and Spain – on Monday afternoon, diplomats said. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura “deeply regrets” the US suspension on Monday of talks with Russia on how to end the violence in Syria, b(...)

Syrian government forces  in  Handarat, north of Aleppo, after they captured the area following multiple Russian air strikes. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Europe and the US have ramped up diplomatic pressure on Russia, accusing it of supporting the Syrian regime’s offensive on Aleppo that has derailed e(...)

A picture shows destruction following an air strike in the rebel-held Ansari district in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Photograph: Karam Al Masi

Warplanes launched some of the heaviest air strikes yet on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Friday after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offe(...)

John Kerry and Federica Mogherini  ahead of a EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

The US and the European Union toughened their stance against Turkey yesterday as they urged Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “not go beyond t(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington had received no request from Ankara to extradite Fetullah Gulen. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that Turkey should “not go beyond the rule of law” as it deals with the aftermath of Friday’s failed milit(...)

Former Turkish president Abdullah Gul, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s Grand National Assembly president Ismail Kahraman  and former PM Ahmet Davutoglu attend the funeral service for victims of the thwarted coup in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Burak Kara/Getty Images

The Turkish government said it had full control of the country last night as it intensified its crackdown on thousands of soldiers and judges who alle(...)

Foreign ministers  Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo of Spain, Belgium’s  Didier Reynders,  Boris Johnson of Britain and Malta’s George Vella talk during an EU council meeting in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Stephane Lecocq/EPA

Boris Johnson will be hoping some of his fabled charm rubbed off on EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Sunday night when he met the former (...)

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