A 19-year-old Yazidi woman, one of hundreds who says she was taken into sexual slavery by the Islamic State group, now living at a refugee camp in Qadiya, Iraq. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Islamic State atrocities have descended like distant nightmares upon the numbed conscious of the world. The first beheadings of Americans had the powe(...)

The sons of Khaled al-Asaad, the late 83-year old retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Omar and Mohamad, display a portrait of their father during a ceremony in his memory at the National Museum in Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The beheading by Islamic State of Palmyra’s guardian angel archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad (83 ) and the demolition of the iconic Baalshamin temple in t(...)

Syrian migrants on an overcrowded dinghy try to disembark on the shore of the Greek island of Kos this week. Photograph: EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

The beheading earlier this week of Khaled al-Asaad, an 83-year-old archaeologist, by Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Palmyra brings into(...)

‘If Obama vetoes a resolution of disapproval, it will take 34 senators to override his veto and block the agreement. That means opponents have to find an unlikely 11 more Democrats. Photograph:  REUTERS

It would not be unusual for members of the US Congress to vote against an international agreement, denouncing it with rhetorical flourishes as appalli(...)

The unmanned aerial vehicle is, we are told, the new wonder weapon in the “War on Terror”. Circling over Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen or Gaza, these pi(...)

New recruits loyal to Yemen’s exiled president, Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, during a training session in  Taez. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images

Iranian-allied fighters controlling much of Yemen have said air strikes led by Saudi Arabia killed 43 people in the central city of Taiz. Taiz has bec(...)

Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, with Syrian refugees during his visit to a makeshift settlement  in Lebanon. Photograph:  Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The conflict in Yemen has left the poorest country in the Middle East on the brink of famine, the United Nations said on Thursday, as a bomb killed fo(...)

Protesters  breaking into  British Embassy in the Iranian capital in November 2011. Photograph:  FarsNews/Getty Images

Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked it and burned the British flag. The move marks a tha(...)

Khaled al-Assaad,  the  retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, who was beheaded in a public square on Tuesday by the Islamic State terror group. Photograph: Syrian Arab News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

For decades, he was the bespectacled caretaker of some of Syria’s greatest archaeological treasures. He explored the sprawling ruins in his home town,(...)

Killybegs mackerel skipper Martin Howley

Tributes have been paid to pioneering mackerel skipper, Donegal-based businessman and fishing industry leader Martin Howley who has died after a short(...)