Afghan security officials inspect the site of a suicide bomb blast that targeted an intelligence office in Ghazni, Afghanistan, yesterday.  EPA/Naweed Haqjoo

Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, sent a message to Nato leaders saying they will do their utmost to r(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko  and German chancellor Angela Merkel talk during the Nato Summit  in Newport, Wales today. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool/Getty Images.

The European Union is set to unveil a fresh package of sanctions against Russia as western leaders staged a show of support for the beleaguered Ukr(...)

British prime minister David Cameron holds a meeting with US president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko on the first day of this year’s Nato Summit at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires tomorrow, provided that an agreement (...)

A Ukrainian soldier passes a tank at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian town Avdeevka, near of Donetsk. Photograph:  Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine has accused Russia of launching a “direct invasion” by sending an aid convoy of military trucks across the border without its permission, in a(...)

Asian shares nudged higher over-night, tracking rallies in the United States and Europe. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 per cent after jumping 1.5 per cent yesterday. Japan’s Topix rose 0.5 per cent, while the Nikkei firmed 0.3 per cent. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Asian shares nudged higher over-night, tracking rallies in the United States and Europe as investors seemed to put aside geopolitical concerns, at lea(...)

Ukrainian soldiers of the Donbass battalion during an anti-terrorist operation against militants in Maryinka, near Donetsk, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it held talks yesterday with Ukrainian and Russian authorities on delivering Russia’s prop(...)

Ukrainian soldiers shell positions of pro-Russia militants near of Pervomaysk city of Lugansk area in Ukraine today. Photograph: Ivan Boberskyy/EPA

Ukrainian government forces tightened the noose around the main stronghold of pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine today and, with diplomacy stalled, Mo(...)

Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk: “As the Russian Federation purposefully and unilaterally refuses to settle the conflict, the energy security of Ukraine and the EU is undermined.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Kiev has warned that Russia might cut gas supplies next week, as Nato aired fears that Moscow is supplying tanks and other heavy weapons to rebels (...)

A pro-Russian activist directs traffic at a checkpoint outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Druzhkovka yesterday. Russia’s envoy to Nato has accused the  alliance of encouraging the use of force by the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine and of hampering efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

Nato defence ministers will consider today what longer term steps the alliance needs to take to bolster its eastern defences and improve its ability (...)

An elderly Ukrainian man exercises at the Kachalka outdoor gym on the banks of the river Dniper, as Kiev insists it is doing everything possible to avoid harming civilians. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Ukraine has vowed to push on with its bid to crush pro-Moscow rebels in eastern regions, despite fresh calls from Russia to end the increasingly bl(...)

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