Smoke rises during skirmish between Kurdish forces and IS in Mosul, Iraq. The US reports that Islamic State chemical weapons experts Abu Malik was killed in the area during an airstrike.  Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

An Islamic State chemical weapons expert was killed in a coalition airstrike near Mosul, Iraq, the US said.Abu Malik was killed on January 24th. Mali(...)

A file image taken from an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State  purporting  to show two Japanese hostages  Kenji Goto (left)  and Haruna Yukawa (right). It is understood that Mr Yukawa has been killed by his captors.

Efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a “state of deadlock”, a top Japanese diplomat says.The fate o(...)

 Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (right), holds talks with Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (left), shortly after his arrival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African Union summit on Friday, following a wave of deadly attacks in the(...)

Egyptian women hold a poster of Egyptian Interior Minister, Mohammad Ibrahim, with the words written in Arabic ‘killer Shaimaa al-Sabbagh’ during a protest in downtown Cairo. Shaimaa al-Sabbagh died on January 24th during a peaceful commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the 2011 demonstrations which led to the fall of the Mubarak regime. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi

Islamic State’s Egypt wing claimed a series of attacks that killed at least 27 security personnel on Thursday in some of the worst anti-government (...)

Safi Yousef, father of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, reads a statement released by Islamic State (IS) during a demonstration to demand the Jordanian government negotiate with IS for the pilot’s release. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Jordan has demanded proof that a military pilot held by Islamic State militants is alive before moving ahead with any possible swap to bring about hi(...)

 The Corinthia Hotel  in Tripoli, Libya. Photograph: EPA

Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favoured by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least nine people(...)

An Iraqi Airways aircraft lands at Baghdad International airport on Tuesday: Airlines from at least three countries suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after bullets hit an aircraft operated by budget carrier Dubai Aviation Corp, known as flydubai. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Six airlines from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Lebanon suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after bullets hit an airplane operated by budge(...)

 Members of the Syrian Kurdish YPG celebrate recapturing the  town of  Kobani, Syria, near the Turkish border. Photograph: EPA/STR

Kurdish forces have taken full control of the Syrian town of Kobani, driving out remaining Islamic State fighters to end a four-month battle that beca(...)

Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holds a photograph allegedly showing the body of Haruna Yukawa, in a video released by Islamic State. Photograph: Agencies

Japan has sought help from Jordan and other countries in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, with no signs of p(...)

 Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holds a photograph allegedly showing the body of Haruna Yukawa, in a video released by Islamic State. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japan has been left reeling by a video apparently showing Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto pleading with prime minister Shinzo Abe not to let him d(...)