News that the so-called Islamic State (IS) has captured the ancient and strategic city of Palmyra from Syrian government forces underlines how precari(...)

Suspects stand before a judge during a primary court trial in Kabul earlier this month on charges relating to the mob killing of Farkhunda. Photograph:  Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Eleven Afghan policemen have been jailed for a year for their roles in the mob killing of a woman in Kabul. Judge Safiullah Mojadedi, presiding at Afg(...)

A man carries an injured boy after a suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, killing at least three people. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

A suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan’s capital on Sunday, killing at least two Afghans and a Brit(...)

Children play near the final hideout of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP

The raid on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden and the intelligence leading to the attack have been a source of fasc(...)

Protesters demonstrate against the killing of blogger Ananta Bijoy Das in Bangladesh. Mr Das was hacked to death by masked assailants in the third such killing in the country in less than three months. Photograph:  EPA/STR

A blogger has been hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh, the third killing of a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-maj(...)

Osama bin Laden (left) sits with his adviser Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian linked to the al Qaeda network, during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir  in  November, 2001.  Photograph: Hamid Mir/Editor/Ausaf Newspaper for Daily Dawn/Reuters 1:01

Four years after a US Navy Seal team killed Osama bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, lingering questions remain about the raid and (...)

Pat Finucane’s brother Seamus, left, and son John arrive at the High Court in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A murdered Catholic lawyer was the victim of British state engagement in terrorism through loyalist terrorists, the High Court in Belfast heard today.(...)

Omar Khadr smiles at his lawyer Dennis Edney as he answers questions during a news conference after being released on bail in Edmonton, Alberta. Photograph: Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters 1:28

Omar Khadr, a Canadian who was once the youngest prisoner held on terror charges at Guantanamo Bay, was released on bail from an Alberta prison Thursd(...)

Suspects stand before a judge charged with the murder of a 27-year-old woman, named Farkhunda. She was beaten to death and her body was burned by a  mob in front of police after she was falsely accused of burning pages of the Koran. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images 1:24

An Afghan judge sentenced four men to death on Wednesday for the mob killing of 27-year-old woman accused of burning a Koran in Kabul, a case that spa(...)

Malala Yousafzai: she was shot in the head in October 2012 when she was returning home from school with her classmates on a bus

A Pakistani court has sentenced 10 men to life in prison for their role in the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Nobel laureate who defi(...)