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(...)

Hannah Hamill, Ruth Spence and Joanna McCreery, at Envoy of Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Best fashion store Envoy of Belfast Tucked away behind City Hall, this outstanding small boutique has a discerning following for its judicious mix (...)

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(...)

Residents cover their noses as they walk past garbage piled up along a street in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Six ministers representing the Shia Hizbullah party and three Christian allies on Thursday boycotted an urgent session of the Lebanese government, (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a school in Rostock. Photograph: Steffen Kugler

At 61, Angela Merkel knows there are many things she will never be in this life: a mother, a professional ice skater – her childhood dream – or a dyna(...)

Protesters prepare to march towards the government building in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Aziz Taher/Reuters

Lebanese protest organisers called for a fresh demonstration against the government on Saturday after two days of rallies that turned violent in centr(...)

Beirut has started to reek as uncollected trash piles up in the streets after protesters shut down Lebanon’s largest landfill at a time of political paralysis. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Protests sparked by a rubbish collection crisis in Lebanon have been postponed after demonstrators and police officers were injured in clashes. Organi(...)

Syrian migrants on an overcrowded dinghy try to disembark on the shore of the Greek island of Kos this week. Photograph: EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

The beheading earlier this week of Khaled al-Asaad, an 83-year-old archaeologist, by Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Palmyra brings into(...)

Islamic State militants bulldozing the St Eliane Monastery near the town of Qaryatain. Photograph: Islamic State militant website via AP

Islamic State militants have demolished a monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, a monitor said on Thursday, in a strategically located tow(...)