Palestinian families arrive at a makeshift center in Damascus after being evacuated from the al-Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus. Photograph: Motaz Mawed/EPA/Sana handout

The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) said on Thursday it refused to be drawn into supporting any military offensive in the war-battered Yarmouk(...)

 Palestinians wait for food supplies in the  Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria. Islamic State has taken control of 90 per cent of the camp, according to monitoring groups. File photograph: Sana/EPA.

Islamic State has taken control of 90 per cent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of b(...)

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands inside a damaged house in the southern entrance of the city of Tikrit on Sunday. Photograph:  Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty Images

The decision by Iraqi prime minister Haidar al-Abadi to request US air strikes against Islamic State (IS) fighters entrenched at the heart of the stra(...)

Riot officers patrol in Longpont, north of Paris. The suspects were were identified by a petrol station attendant in the town of Villers-Cotterets, 70km northeast of the French capital. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP

All France became Charlie Hebdo on Thursday. As one commentator put it, the extremists who attacked the satirical magazine on Wednesday murdered 12 pe(...)

A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16th, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images 1:38

The gunman at the centre of the siege at a Sydney cafe was not on a terrorism watchlist, Australia’s prime minister has said, as police began a wide-r(...)

Two Sydney men have been accused of financing the travel of Australians to the Middle East to fight with the militant group Islamic State (Isis). Photograph: Getty

Two Sydney men, including one already facing trial for allegedly preparing to commit a terrorist attack, have been accused of financing the travel of (...)

US president Barack Obama talks before a luncheon for bi-partisan Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House yesterday. Photograph: Larry Downing/ Reuters

President Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq, helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the militant group Islamic State,(...)

Shane McCoy on a US navy humanitarian mission to Ghana in 2004

It came down to a flip of a coin, and Shane McCoy won. On January 11th, 2002, McCoy was a 27-year-old photographer with the United States navy station(...)

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday. The latest attacks follow a series of dramatic advances in Iraq by Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Reuters

Mursitpinar and Islamic State militants have targeted Baghdad with a wave of devastating car bombs and mortar attacks, killing at least 150 people si(...)

Smoke rises following an air strike by the US-led coalition aircraft in the Syrian town of Kobani, near the border with Turkey, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State  militants  yesterday. Photograph: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Fighting in Iraq’s western Anbar province has forced up to 180,000 people to flee since the city of Hit fell to Islamic State (IS) earlier this mon(...)