Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the EU to take stronger action against Russia

EU leaders to accept Russian sanctions - Ukraine

19.35 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that European Union leaders had agreed to prepare additional sanctions on Russia which would be conditional on the success of a peace plan proposed by him.

Iraqi and Turkmen fighters hold a position in the beseiged town of Amerli earlier this month

Major operation under way in Iraq to break seige

16.34 Iraqi security forces, Shia militiamen and Kurdish fighters have launched a major operation to attempt to break a more than two-month long jihadist siege of a Shia Turkmen-majority town, officials said.

Christine Lagarde denies any wrongdoing

IMF supports leader in corruption inquiry

16.40 The International Monetary Fund has expressed confidence in its leader Christine Lagarde, who was placed under investigation in France as part of a corruption inquiry.

Lesotho's vice-president Mothetjoa Metsing (R) is accused of involvement in the move to seize power

Lesotho PM accuses military of staging coup

16.10 Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has accused his country's army of staging a coup against him and fled to neighbouring South Africa, which condemned the military's action and called for a peaceful settlement.

The 22,000 strong Somali and African Union force is taking back a string of towns from the Shebab Islamist fighters

African troops in fresh offensive in Somalia

16.05 Somali and African Union forces have launched a long-awaited fresh offensive against Shebab Islamist fighters aimed at capturing a number of ports from the extremists, army and government officials have said.