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Ukrainian soldiers stand guard  at a checkpoint outside the city of Slaviansk, where separatists are holding eight OSCE monitors hostage. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have freed a Swedish observer, but said they had no plans to release seven other European monitors they have been(...)

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev (centre) visits an upper secondary school today  with Crimea’s prime minister Sergei Aksyonov (right) in the Crimean city of Simferopol. Photograph: Alexander Astafyev/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Russia’s prime minister has arrived in Crimea to consider priorities for its economic development following the Russian takeover. Dmitry (...)

At yesterday’s meeting of G7 leaders in The Hague, from left: Herman van Rompuy, Stephen Harper, François Hollande, David Cameron, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Shinzo Abe, Matteo Renzi and José Manuel Barroso. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/Getty Images.

Russia was yesterday excluded from the influential G8 group of nations in a show of unity by the leaders of the world’s economically most power(...)

Protesters warm themselves near a fire burning in a steel drum at Independence Square in Kiev December 5th, 2013. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters.

Ukrainian authorities have been urged to respect the massive protests gripping the country against the government’s decision to freeze ties with the E(...)

A man stands on the rubble of buildings damaged by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the besieged area of Homs. Photograph: Reuters/Yazan Homsy

While much world attention has unsurprisingly been focused on the sound and fury coming out of Washington over the debt ceiling and the possible defau(...)

A 3D art piece by artist Eduardo Relero shows Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama puzzling over a map of Syria, during the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. Photograph: Joshua Lott/Reuters

The five permanent members of the deeply divided United Nations Security Council have agreed on a resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.The(...)

A man pushes an ill woman on a cart along a street in the war ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

Russia said today it will push Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control.The surprise announcement by Russian foreign minister S(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter passes by the convoy of U.N. vehicles carrying a team of United Nations chemical weapons experts

UN chemical weapons inspectors yesterday visited sites in the eastern Ghouta near Damascus as UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the team should be(...)

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, left, speaks during an interview with a German newspaper in Damascus. Photograph: Reuters/Sana/Handout

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned Britain and France against arming rebels fighting his government, which he said would turn the Middle East(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters are pictured through a hole in a wall in Deir al-Zor. Phootgraphh: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Russia’s foreign minister has said the evidence put forward by the United States of chemical weapons use in Syria apparently does not meet stringent c(...)

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