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, s(...)

The sons of Khaled al-Asaad, the late 83-year old retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Omar and Mohamad, display a portrait of their father during a ceremony in his memory at the National Museum in Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The beheading by Islamic State of Palmyra’s guardian angel archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad (83 ) and the demolition of the iconic Baalshamin temple in t(...)

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(...)

New recruits loyal to Yemen’s exiled president, Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, during a training session in  Taez. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images

Iranian-allied fighters controlling much of Yemen have said air strikes led by Saudi Arabia killed 43 people in the central city of Taiz. Taiz has bec(...)

Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, with Syrian refugees during his visit to a makeshift settlement  in Lebanon. Photograph:  Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The conflict in Yemen has left the poorest country in the Middle East on the brink of famine, the United Nations said on Thursday, as a bomb killed fo(...)

 Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, Lesotho and Kazakhstan, are among the countries where Irish people chose to marry last year.

The small Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the landlocked African country of Lesotho and the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan, are just some of the(...)

Khadiza Sultana, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase passing through security at Gatwick Airport before flying to Turkey. Photograph: Metropolitan Police via The New York Times 0:36

The night before Khadiza Sultana left for Syria the teenager was dancing in her bedroom. It was a Monday during the February school vacation. Her n(...)

 A dinghy overcrowded with Syrian migrants approaches a beach on the Greek island of Kos this week after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey to Greece. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The appalling realities of mass migration from Syria’s civil war have been highlighted in images from Kos, where thousands of refugees are now arrivin(...)

The aftermath of a truck bomb explosion,  claimed by Islamic State, in  Baghdad’s northern Shiite district of Sadr City on August 13th, 2015. Photograph: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Despite the fact the so-called Islamic State has resulted in a new wave of global radicalisation and has also precipitated population displacement on (...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)