Smoke rises during skirmish between Kurdish forces and IS in Mosul, Iraq. The US reports that Islamic State chemical weapons experts Abu Malik was killed in the area during an airstrike.  Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

An Islamic State chemical weapons expert was killed in a coalition airstrike near Mosul, Iraq, the US said.Abu Malik was killed on January 24th. Mali(...)

A file image taken from an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State  purporting  to show two Japanese hostages  Kenji Goto (left)  and Haruna Yukawa (right). It is understood that Mr Yukawa has been killed by his captors.

Efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a “state of deadlock”, a top Japanese diplomat says.The fate o(...)

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(...). Emirates First Class Lounge, Dubai Another little oasis of luxury in a Middle Eastern(...)

The film, to be released as ‘Muhammad, Messenger of God’ in  festival’s opening ceremony, is made by Majid Majidi, a leading pro-establishment Iranian director. Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty Images

As controversy swirls on how the Prophet Muhammad is depicted, a multimillion-dollar biopic about his youth – Iran’s most expensive and lavish film t(...)

The median LTV ratio for Irish owner-occupier mortgage holders was found to be 72.9 per cent, nearly twice the euro zone equivalent

(...) middle more than any other. Debt-to-income ratio The median debt-to-income ratio – essentially a measure(...)

Safi Yousef (second from left), father of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, at his clan’s headquarters in Amman. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Jordan says it has seen no proof that its captured pilot is alive and has not heard from his Islamic State (IS) captors, nearly 24 hours after a pr(...)

Mahmoud Bazzi (centre), a Lebanese national suspected of kidnapping, torturing and killing two Irish United Nations peacekeepers  in 1980, has been deported from the US over immigration offences. Photograph: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

(...) known for its large Middle Eastern population, for many years. He had been in held in a prison near the(...)

A video grab image from 2005 shows Sajida al-Rishawi, who tried to blow herself up at a hotel in Amman. Islamic State wants her released from a Jordanian prision in return for the release of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh. Photograph: Jordan TV/Reuters

Jordan has given priority to securing the release of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh captured by Islamic State last month, while the cult appears t(...)

Jawad Safi, the brother of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, waits for news at his clan’s headquarters in Amman. The pictures around the door shows Kasaesbeh. Photograph:  Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

(...) a string of IS dispatches. His supporters have hung on every tweet and rumour from the Middle East(...)

Latvian minister for the interior Rihards Kozlovskis shakes hands with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald during an informal meeting of justice ministers  in Riga. Photograph: Valda Kalnina/EPA

(...) citizens may have travelled to the Middle East to fight as jihadists. The Minister highlighted the “urgent(...)