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Russian president Vladimir Putin  listens to Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan  in Istanbul,Turkey. File photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Turkey may be taking a detour from a collision course with Russia in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had(...)

EU foreign affairs chief  Josep Borrell:  told journalists ships deployed under Operation EU Active Surveillance would be withdrawn if there was any evidence of them acting as a “pull factor” for migrants.  Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Human rights groups have criticised an announcement by the EU that it will deploy naval assets in the Mediterranean to monitor the Libyan arms embargo(...)

Italy’s  Luigi Di Maio, Bulgaria’s Ekaterina Zaharieva and European commissioner in charge of neighbourhood and enlargement policy Hungary’s Oliver Virelay at a foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on February 17th. Photograph:  Francois Walschaerts/AFP

The EU will deploy a naval and aerial mission to the eastern Mediterranean to police the UN embargo on arms to Libya. Foreign ministers meeting in Br(...)

High representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy Josep Borrell: has compared Israel’s annexations to Russia’s actions in Crimea. Photograph:  Christof Stache

Pressure is growing within the EU to issue a pre-emptive warning to Israel against its expected unilateral implementation of the Trump peace plan by p(...)

A member of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces heads out to the front line atop a military vehicle from Misrata on February 3rd, 2020. Photograph: Ayman Al-Sahili/Reuters

Security and defence were the main themes of Tuesday’s European Commission meeting, expressing its determination to rebrand the European Union as a “g(...)

Volunteers prepare the Moonbird search and rescue plane for a mission across the central Mediterranean. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

“Tripoli, as-salamu ‘alaykum,” said the volunteer pilot into the radio. “Do you hear me? This is Moonbird calling. We are currently entering the searc(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “There is no need for us to be engaged in a conflict or a serious contradiction with Russia at this stage.” Photograph: Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via Reuters

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey and Russia should resolve differences over the conflict in Syria’s Idlib without a(...)

 A Turkish military convoy passes through the town of Dana, east of the Turkish-Syrian border in  Idlib province on Sunday. Photograph:  Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty Images

Turkish ground and air forces on Monday targeted Syrian army positions after a large Turkish military convoy was hit by Syrian fire while en route to (...)

US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One in Maryland. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

US president Donald Trump issued an expanded version of his travel ban on Friday that targets prospective immigrants from Nigeria and five other count(...)

Syrians drive with their belongings through Ariha in the northern countryside of Syria’s Idlib province as they flee an ongoing offensive by regime forces. Photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty

The Syrian army, backed by Russian air power, is engaged in a two-pronged offensive in al-Qaeda-held areas in Idlib and Aleppo provinces. Syrian force(...)

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