British Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Tony Blair, in a last-ditch attempt to dissuade Labour from backing Jeremy Corbyn, introduced an interesting proposition: that Corbyn, together with S(...)

The Greco-Roman Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, which the Islamic State group targeted. Photograph: Reuters/Sandra Auger

The outer walls and columns of the 2,000-year-old temple of Bel in the ancient city of Palmyra are said by residents to be still standing in spite of (...)

A general view shows the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra, Syria in October, 2010. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

While residents in the historic city of Palmyra reported a massive explosion in its ancient ruins, the temple of Bel – one of Syria’s most prized trea(...)

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for saying it was a “tragedy” that Osama bin Laden was killed by the US rather than being put on trial. Photograph:  Will Oliver/EPA

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire for saying it was a “tragedy” that Osama bin Laden was killed by the US rather than being put on trial. The Labour l(...)

Attack on the Temple Of Bel in Palmyra follows attack on Baal Shamin temple on August 25th. Photograph: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket/Getty Images

Islamic State has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra city, a group monitoring the conflict said on Sunday. The militants targeted (...)

 Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi  in 2013. Photograph: EPA/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election, starting on October 18th and 19th, the election commission said on Sunday, in the final step in(...)

Migrants  demonstrating in Calais. NGO L’Auberge des Migrants International says it has been “overwhelmed” with offers of support. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

A French non-governmental organisation (NGO) assisting refugees in the Calais “new jungle” is planning a Europe-wide “citizens’ response” to countera(...)

Hungarian policemen detain a Syrian migrant family after they entered Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, on Friday.  Photograph: Reuters 1:17

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has said he is “horrified and heartbroken” by the latest migrant deaths in Austria and at sea. In a rare statement is(...)

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, meets with his military commanders at an Iraqi Army base near the oil refinery town of Beiji north of Baghdad, Iraq.  Photograph:  AP Photo

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday ordered security forces to ease access to Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone and main streets, in an appare(...)

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(...)