Russian president Vladimir Putin visits Brussels today, less than two months after the European Union strongly criticised Russia for interfering in the affairs of Ukraine. Photograph: Aleksey Nikolskyi/Epa

Vladimir Putin visits Brussels today, less than two months after the European Union strongly criticised Russia for interfering in the affairs of Ukrai(...)

Military action against Syria should remain an option as the international community attempts to enforce proposals for president Bashar Assad’s regime(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters check the amount of ammunition they have for their weapons near Aleppo international airport. With an impending military attack on Syria now all but certain, UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon urged western leaders to await the outcome of the four-day missionto to determine the use of  chemical weapons, which is expected to finish tomorrow.

Britain and the US were under pressure last night to delay military action in Syria until the United Nations completes its investigation into the a(...)

A building Libyan officials described as a civil engineering office after it was bombed by Nato in Tripoli in August  2011. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

With western support for military intervention in Syria growing, what options are open to states such as Britain, France and the US as they try to leg(...)

Internally displaced Afghan children sit outside their makeshift house at a refugee camp in Kabul yesterday, which was World Refugee Day. Photograph: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

A fresh effort to end Afghanistan’s 12-year-old war looked in trouble yesterday after a diplomatic spat about the Taliban’s new Qatar office delayed p(...)

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