Refugees wait near the Turkish-Syrian border after fleeing Syria, near Sanliurfa, Turkey, yesterday. More than  130,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing the Islamic State militant group have crossed into Turkey in the past three days, the deputy Turkisk prime minister said. Photograph: Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA.

Syrian Kurdish fighters say they have halted an advance by Islamic State fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Tur(...)

A photograph made from a video released today by the jihadist affiliated group Furqan Media allegedly shows a British hostage of Islamic State (IS) talking about a series of videos in which he will appear revealing the truth about IS, at an unidentified location. Photograph: EPA

A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisa(...)

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near Mosul in Iraq yesterday. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Twenty-six countries, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and 10 Arab states, as well as representatives of the Arab Leagu(...)

French president  Francois Hollande (C) speaks with former French hostages and journalists, from L-R, Didier Francois, Edouard Elias , Nicolas Henin, who holds his children, Pierre Torres and France’s roreign minister Laurent Fabius, moments after their arrival by helicopter from Evreux to the military airbase in Villacoulbay, near Paris today. Photograph: Reuters

Four French journalists held captive in Syria for more than 10 months returned home to France today, freshly shaved and beaming, where they wer(...)

Members of the Iraqi security forces inspect the site where a suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into a police checkpoint west of the northern city of Kirkuk today. Photograph: Ako Rasheed/Reuters

At least 16 people have died after a series of bombings targeted security forces in northern Iraq, as the country prepares for a crucial electi(...)