Kunduz Hospital: Two days before the second  attack, Russian aircraft bombed targets in Syria. The US claimed irresponsible targeting had resulted in civilians being killed.

Asked on Monday whether the US had decided to reject referral of the bombing of the hospital at Kunduz to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Stat(...)

A Russian warship in the Caspian Sea launches missiles on Wednesday. The Russian Defence Ministry the warships of the Caspian Flotilla carried out massive strikes against Islamic State facilities in Syria. Photograph: EPA/Russian Defence Ministry

Ground troops loyal to president Bashar al-Assad have launched a major offensive in central Syria backed by Russian air strikes. It is an escalation i(...)

A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia’s Defence Ministry on Monday, shows airstrikes carried out by the country’s air force in Syria. Photograph: Reuters 0:54

Nato’s secretary-general has rejected Moscow’s claim that its military incursion into alliance airspace over Turkey was not intentional or important, (...)

The Arch of Triumph among the Roman ruins of Palmyra which Islamic State extremists have blown up. Photograph: Getty Images 0:54

Nato has expressed “deep concern” about the Russian military build-up in Syria, warning Moscow to “immediately cease” its attacks on the Syrian opposi(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad: targeting of Syria shows Moscow gives priority to strengthening Damascus against near enemies rather than striking Islamic State. Photograph: Sana via Reuters

Russia’s deployment of war planes, missile systems, tanks, and armoured troop carriers has dramatically changed the shape of the conflict on the groun(...)

An Islamic State loyalist in the terror group’s de factor capital, Raqqa, in Syria, in June 2014. Photograph: Reuters

The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria, aiming to put pressure on Raqqa, the terr(...)

Militants of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS or IS) have blown up Palmyra’s ancient Arch of Triumph. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA 0:44

Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria’s antiquities chief sai(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was speaking a day after Moscow said it would step up air strikes against Islamic State targets across Syria. Photograph: AFP/HO/Syrian presidency 1:17

President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction, (...)

A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia’s Defence Ministry on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Russian jets hit Islamic State targets and other rebel groups in Syria on Saturday, on a fourth day of air strikes by Moscow in support of president (...)

Oregon college shooting suspect Chris Harper-Mercer is seen in an undated photo taken from his Myspace account.  Photograph: Reuters

A heavily armed gunman who shot to death an English professor and eight others in an Oregon community college classroom was identified on Friday as a(...)