Dresses from Jordan in Amman’s Tiraz centre, a museum displaying a one-woman collection of traditional Arab dress. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Amman’s Tiraz centre, a museum displaying a one-woman collection of traditional Arab dress, is mounting an exhibition of splendidly embroidered women’(...)

News that the so-called Islamic State (IS) has captured the ancient and strategic city of Palmyra from Syrian government forces underlines how precari(...)

File photograph of the ancient Palmyra theater in the historical city of Palmyra.   Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central city. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters 1:07

Islamic State (IS) now controls more than half of Syrian territory according to a UK human rights group.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human(...)

Labourers disembark a Palestinians-only bus before crossing to the West Bank through Israel’s Eyal checkpoint. Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cancelled  a plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called off a proposed plan to segregate Palestinians from Israelis on West Bank buses, overruling his o(...)

A Rohingya migrant child poses for an identification picture at a temporary shelter  in Kuala Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Three hundred refugees due to come to Ireland under a new EU scheme will be given integration courses in Dublin before being resettled elsewhere in t(...)

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur. This is a file potograph of the ancient city. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur(...)

Syrian refugee children at the souk in Al- Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.  Photograph: Jordan Pix/Getty Images

Before the conflict in Syria emptied hundreds of thousands of refugees into Jordan, the kingdom’s government had made projections of population growth(...)

Jordan’s Queen Rania holds a picture of pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh who was executed by the Islamic State earlier this year. Photograph: Petra News Agency/Reuters

Jordan is a comfort zone in this war-wretched region, a land of relative stability that has survived the violent flowering of the Arab Spring although(...)

 Iraqis view the scene of a car bomb attack in Bab al-Sheikh district in central Baghdad,   April 26th, 2015. Photograph: Ahmed Jalil/EPA

At least 22 people were killed in explosions across Iraq on Sunday, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province,(...)

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(...)