Members of the Kurdish security forces who took part in the offensive to regain control of Iraq’s Sinjar mountain on Thursday. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of US airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, (...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

Tuesday’s massacre of scores of schoolchildren in Peshawar was not the first outrage committed by the Pakistani Taliban, whose previous targets have i(...)

A woman prays for Mohammed Anas, (14), who survived from an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, as he lies on a hospital bed in Peshawar. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Pakistan’s army chief, General Raheel Sharif, travelled to Afghanistan on Wednesday to seek help in locating the Pakistani Taliban commanders who orc(...)

Pakistani school girls pray for victims who were killed in an attack at the army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday. Photograph: Ilyas Sheikh/EPA

The massacre of more than 130 Pakistani school children by Taliban gunmen was a chilling reminder of Hillary Clinton’s warning to Islamabad in 2011 th(...)

Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan (15), a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and open(...)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie join thousands of Sydney residents to lay flowers at a memorial near the Lindt chocolate cafe in Martin Place following the  siege. Photograph: EPA

Tony Abbott, the Australian prime minister, has said his national security team needed to look into why a self-styled Islamist activist with a trouble(...)

Security guards carry a student injured in the school attack  by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photograph: AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad

For one of the world’s more parochial Islamist militant groups, the Pakistan Taliban, or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has a habit of grabbing glob(...)

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(...)

The ICC has been identified as the one potential source of justice if alleged CIA torturers and their masters are to be called to account. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Politics and the law are uneasy bedfellows, as the International Criminal Court (ICC) found to its cost earlier this month with the unedifying collaps(...)