The Israeli settlement of Maale Edumim. The leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party  said it will introduce a Bill for Israel to annex the major West Bank settlement blocs. Photograph: Reuters/Amir Cohen

Israel has launched an unprecedented diplomatic offensive against both the outgoing administration of US president Barack Obama and those countries w(...)

Dollars and Ukrainian hryvhia banknotes: Roman Nasirov, who leads Ukraine’s tax service, declared several Kiev apartments and cash holdings with his wife of almost €2 million. His official salary for 2015, the Kyiv Post reports, was about €1,300. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Many Ukrainian politicians are under pressure to account for their vast and unexplained wealth, after a new western-backed law to boost transparency a(...)

A statuette in front of a burned residential building after a fire in the village of Litochky near Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Seventeen people have been killed after a fire broke out in a residential building housing elderly people in a village near Kiev, Ukraine’s state emer(...)

Ukrainians light candles at the memorial for ‘liquidators’ who died during cleaning up works after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, during a ceremony in Slavutich city, some 190km north of the capital Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine held memorial services on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which permanently poisoned swathes of easte(...)

Volodymyr Groysman:  his expected appointment as prime minister would foster greater cohesion between president and government, but also raise fears of an unhealthy concentration of power. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine’s parliament may vote to appoint a new prime minister on Tuesday, as it seeks to end a period of political paralysis amid rising public discon(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (right) congratulates newly-appointed prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a parliament session in Kiev on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine’s parliament elected Arseny Yatseniuk for a new term as prime minister at its opening session on Thursday.President Petro Poroshenko and a new(...)

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