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Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Turkey for the past five years has been the sternest opponent of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/EPA

Turkey and Russia have prepared an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister said, adding Ankara would not budge on its opposition(...)

The advancing Syrian army used loudspeakers to broadcast warnings to insurgents that it was poised to enter their rapidly diminishing area. Photograph: Reuters

As President Bashar al-Assad’s army closed in on the last rebel enclave in Aleppo on Tuesday, Russia, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to help bro(...)

Indian people line up to change old Indian rupee notes outside  banks and ATMs in New Delhi. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

India’s month-long demonetisation drive, involving the banning of high-value currency notes, has severely affected foreign embassies in New Delhi, wi(...)

Katie Taylor loses a split decision against France’s Estelle Mossely in the World Championship semi-final in Astana. The fight was so close that on another day it could have ended up as a unanimous decision for the Bray fighter. Photograph: Inpho

The scoring was everything. Katie Taylor was maybe one or two per cent off her game and she allowed her fight against Estelle Mossely to come down to (...)

France’s Estelle Mossely is declared the winner of the lightweight semi-final against Ireland’s Katie Taylor at the      Women’s World Boxing Championships in  Astana, Kazakstan. Photograph: Inpho/AIBA

Her body language said it all. Katie Taylor’s pain at losing a second fight in a matter of months will take some time to dissipate. The champion was (...)

Katie Taylor in action during her lightweight quarter-final against Mexico’s Victoria Torres at the  Women’s World Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakstan. Photograph:   Inpho

All week in Astana the sun has turned the long straight walkway to the Barys Arena on the outskirts of town into a shimmering haze. When the wind blow(...)

 Katie Taylor: ‘It’s phenomenal that three Irish girls are  in the quarter-finals. I’m so proud.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

There was a point at the start of the fourth round in the Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Monday when Dayana Sanchez decided to throw the locker(...)

 Katie Taylor dominated Swede Agnes Alexiusson. Photograph: Eric Luke

Katie Taylor more than anyone in the Barys Arena knows this was just the first step in a grand plan that goes beyond the World Championships and quali(...)

Katie Taylor has received a bye to the second round. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

While Katie Taylor received a bye through to the second round of her sixth consecutive World Championships in Astana, not everything has gone perfectl(...)

Uefa president Michel Platini will today outline the organisation’s plans for a new Nations’ League competition for national teams to delegates at their annual Congress  in Astana,. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Uefa president Michel Platini will outline the organisation’s plans for a new Nations’ League competition for nat(...)

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