Actress and special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie, speaking at a United Nations Security Council meeting on the Syria conflict. Jolie urged council members to visit refugees in the region. Photograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

The United Nations aid chief has urged the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law, as(...)

In 2008, Hillary Clinton took advice from two men – Bill Clinton and Mark Penn – and campaigned like a man. Now she must figure out how to campaign as a woman. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

The most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem. She can’t figure out how to campaign as a woman.In 2008, Hillary Clinton took advice fr(...)

Militants in Libya in a screen grab taken from a video reportedly released by  Islamic State. The video purportedly depicts the execution of about 30 Ethiopian Christians.  Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State has released a video purporting to show its militants shooting and beheading what appeared to be about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.(...)

Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

More than 90,000 people have fled their homes in Iraq’s western province of Anbar where Islamic State militants have been gaining ground over the past(...)

Australian federal police deputy commissioner Michael Phelan (l) speaks to the media with Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott in Sydney. Five teenagers have been arrested in Melbourne for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on the Anzac Day ceremony. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Five Australian teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of plotting an Islamaic State-inspired terrorist attack at a veterans’ day ceremony that wo(...)

Bonhams will hold an auction in London on Wednesday entitled A Century of Iraqi Modernism, which it describes as “a comprehensive sale showcasing t(...)

Smoke rises from the site of a car bomb attack outside the US consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

A car bombing targeting the US consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital Erbil has killed one person and wounded five, the local mayor said.A witness sai(...)

Government forces in Iraq believe they have killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein’s former deputy who later allied himself with Islamic State militants. Photographs: EPA.

Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former aide to late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and a leader of Iraq’s Sunni insurgency, may have been killed by Iraqi fo(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover amid the rubble of collapsed buildings from shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad on Zabdin village, a suburb of Damascus on Sunday. The son of a British local politician has been deported from Turkey two weeks after he was detained with eight other Britons trying to cross illegally into Syria, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

The son of a British local politician has been deported from Turkey two weeks after he was detained with eight other Britons trying to cross illegall(...)

A car exploded in a commercial area in the town of Mahmoudiyah, about 20 miles (30km) south of Baghdad.

At least 11 civilians have been killed in two car bomb attacks in and around the Iraqi capital, officials said.Seven people were killed when an explos(...)