German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Donald Trump attend the opening ceremony of the Nato summit, in Brussels, on Wednesday.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The transatlantic alliance took an unprecedented political battering on Wednesday when Nato’s largest member, the US, delivered a broadside against it(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May at the Nato summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Like it or not, and many Nato members are deeply uncomfortable about it, Donald Trump set the agenda for Nato’s summit in Brussels. He also threw a sm(...)

US president Donald Trump and secretary of state Mike Pompeo, on his left, attend a meeting with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg (unseen) in Brussels ahead of the Nato summit. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

US president Donald Trump launched a sharp public attack on Germany on Wednesday for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russia, saying Ber(...)

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani: has urged ceasefires with the Taliban before, but this was the first unconditional offer since he was elected in 2014. Photograph:  Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Mus(...)

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg listens to US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump sought to reassure North Korea about US intentions on Thursday as he said that the “Libya model” of denuclearisation propose(...)

Police officers get dressed in protective suiting at a car recovery depot in Norton Enterprise Park, where Sergei Skripal’s car was originally transported, in Salisbury on Tuesday. Photograph:  Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Police made a fresh plea on Tuesday for information about last week’s poisoning of a Russian spy and his daughter as a deadline approached for Moscow(...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras: ‘Our message, now, tomorrow and always, is clear . . . Greece will not allow, accept or tolerate any challenge to its territorial integrity and its sovereign rights.’ File photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Greece will not tolerate any challenges to its territorial integrity, its prime minister said on Thursday, days after Turkish and Greek coastguard ves(...)

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg arriving at the  EU summit  in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images

EU leaders emphasised the importance of the strengthening of union-wide defence and security structures by, unusually, inviting Nato secretary general(...)

Nato threat?: a Russian tank on a training exercise. Photograph: Valery Matytsin/Tass via Getty

Russia is preparing to send as many as 100,000 troops to the eastern edge of Nato territory at the end of the summer, one of the biggest steps yet in (...)

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan at a rally for the first anniversary of the failed coup attempt on Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: EPA

Turkey’s president has addressed tens of thousands of people at a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the country’s crushed military coup. In t(...)

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