Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said those kidnapped included 14 workers, three engineers and one accountant. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

Masked men in military uniforms have kidnapped 18 Turkish employees of an Ankara-based construction company in Baghdad, bundling them into several SUV(...)

Undated photograph of Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen Al-Gabbaa, the alleged suicide bomber in the attack on a Shia mosque which killed 27. Photograph: EPA

Kuwaiti authorities on Sunday identified the suicide bomber behind an attack on a Shia mosque that killed 27 people as a Saudi citizen who flew into t(...)

This picture released today by a militant website which had been verified shows Syrian government soldiers captured by Islamic State militants in the Palmyra area  of Syria. Photograph: militant website via AP

Islamic State (IS) fighters have killed at least 400 people in Palmyra since capturing the ancient Syrian city last week, Syrian state media said t(...)

Protestors hold pictures of ousted Egyptian president Morsi and shout slogans during a pro-Morsi rally in front of the Egyptian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Deniz Toprak/EPA

Egypt has executed six members of a Sinai-based militant group with links to Islamic State for carrying out an attack on soldiers near Cairo last year(...)

A file image showing Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters near their  base in Sinjar. The PKK is fighting Islamic State in northwest Iraq. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State militants are reported to have killed at least 300 captive Yazidis at a prison camp in northern Iraq, the latest mass killing carried ou(...)

 Iraqi soldiers inspect human remains and military equipment found at a site believed to be a mass grave containing the bodies of Iraqi soldiers killed last year by Islamic State  militants,  in Tikrit, northern Iraq, April 8th,  2015. Photograph: EPA

Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive against Islamic State insurgents in the Sunni Muslim heartland of Anbar on Wednesday, seeking to build(...)

A group of Nigerian vigilantes, which comprises traditional hunters, patrol in North East Nigeria to assist the Nigerian military in fighting against Boko Haram Islamic militants. Photograph: EPA/STR

Boko Haram militants attacked an island on Niger’s side of Lake Chad but the army repelled them after heavy fighting, residents and security sources s(...)

A vehicle campaigning for a candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) drives outside a campaign rally in Yaba district in Lagos . Photograph:Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

Nigeria’s Council of State has decided to stick with February 14th as the date for its presidential election, Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha said(...)

 Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (right), holds talks with Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (left), shortly after his arrival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, following a wave of deadly attacks in the(...)

Egyptian women hold a poster of Egyptian Interior Minister, Mohammad Ibrahim, with the words written in Arabic ‘killer Shaimaa al-Sabbagh’ during a protest in downtown Cairo. Shaimaa al-Sabbagh died on January 24th during a peaceful commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the 2011 demonstrations which led to the fall of the Mubarak regime. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi

Islamic State’s Egypt wing claimed a series of attacks that killed at least 27 security personnel on Thursday in some of the worst anti-government (...)