Afghan firefighters spray water in front of the gates of the Heetal Hotel in Kabul the morning after gunfire and explosions rang out in a diplomatic quarter of the city overnight. Security forces waged an all-night battle with Taliban militants who tried to storm a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family. The standoff ended at daybreak with all four attackers killed, a government minister said, reporting no civilian or military casualties. Photograph: Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images

Four Taliban insurgents armed with assault rifles and a grenade launcher stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital overnigh(...)

Iraq’s Shi’ite paramilitaries and members of Iraqi security forces hold an Islamist State flag which they pulled down in Nibai, in Anbar province, today. Photograph: Reuters

Iraq’s Shia paramilitaries say they have taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operati(...)

Hamas, the fighters who rule Gaza, has fired thousands of rockets at Israel over the years, but rocket fire has mostly stopped since the end of last summer’s war. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Militants in the Gaza Strip have fired a rocket at Israel, but officials said it caused no damage or casualties. A Hamas official said at least one ro(...)

Iraq's fighter jets destroy Islamic State targets in Anbar 1:07

Iraq's air force conducts a number of air strikes targeting the headquarters and vehicles of Islamic State militants in the country's Sunni western he(...)

Iraqi Sunni fighters battling Islamic State (IS) group jihadists alongside government forces fire their weapons on the outskirts of Iraq’s Baiji oil refinery, about 200 kilometres north of Baghdad on Monday. A military operation has been launched to drive Islamic State out of the western Anbar province. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images 1:07

A military operation has been launched to drive Islamic State out of the western Anbar province of Iraq, where the extremists captured the provincial (...)

(...)-travelled series of talks, conversations and discussions will be taking up residence in a tent in the middle of the(...)

 A file image of  Iranian-American Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian who has been in custody for 10 months and is due to  appear in court on Tuesday  accused of spying and other crimes against Iran. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

An Iranian security court has held the first hearing in the closed trial of an American-Iranian reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained(...)

Kerry Airport. It recorded a profit after tax of almost €19,000 in 2014, up from  €4,100 in 2013

(...) well as with Etihad Airlines to the Middle East and Australia, with onward baggage and other(...)

Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in Ramadi on the outskirts of Baghdad. Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing IS militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Rival powers and allies have traded barbs and accusations over the recent successes of Islamic State, a week after the militant group seized Ramadi (...)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert embraces a woman at Jerusalem District Court on Monday. Mr Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter. Photograph: Heidi Levine/via AP

A Jerusalem court has sentenced former prime minister Ehud Olmert to eight months in prison after he was found guilty of accepting cash from an Ameri(...)