Anti-Houthi fighters of the Southern Popular Resistance fire from a tank in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Friday. Photograph: Reuters.

Heavy fighting erupted in southern Yemen near Aden airport on Friday when a Sunni Muslim militia attacked Shi’ite Houthi rebels in a push to drive Ho(...)

Members of al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front fire their weapon during an offensive to take control of the northwestern city of Ariha in Idlib province. Photograph: Reuters/Ammar Abdullah

A coalition of rebel groups has said it seized the last city in Idlib province in northwest Syria near the Turkish border. The Syrian army pulled back(...)

The Syrian war has killed more than 220,000 people. Of the country’s roughly 23 million people, some 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian aid, including 5 million children. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

The United Nations’ outgoing humanitarian chief on Thursday painted a harrowing portrait of savagery in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year, and (...)

Houthi supporters carry the coffins on Monday of comrades killed  allegedly in an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on a Houthi position in Sanaa, Yemen. A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing the Houthis and allied loyalists of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh for two months while backing Sunni combatants along a jumbled series of battlefronts. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shia Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city of Dalea on Monday, residents and combatants said, inflict(...)

Ryan Pandya (left) and Perumal Gandhi of US-based company Muufri which has discovered a way to produce animal-free milk

Amid all the post-milk quota hoopla, there is one firm whose production ambition would barely stretch to a bowl of cornflakes.US start-up Muufri may b(...)

In Ireland, a traditionally Roman Catholic country that has long been known for a seeming conservative streak, the lack of a strong backlash during the referendum campaign has been notable, even as opponents of the measure have mobilised.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Here’s a take from the New York Times on the significance of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum being decided on Friday in Ireland. In 1993, Ireland was(...)

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(...)

A Saudi Arabian royal guardsman’s weaponry. A man beheaded last Sunday was the 85th person this year whose execution was recorded by the official Saudi Press Agency, compared with 88 in the whole of 2014, according to Human Rights Watch. Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, which is usually (...)

 King Salman of Saudi Arabia. His decision   not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders is seen as  a signal of displeasure over US actions on Iran. Photograph: Reuters

The decision of King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf leaders not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders outside Washin(...)

Osama bin Laden (left) sits with his adviser Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian linked to the al Qaeda network, during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir  in  November, 2001.  Photograph: Hamid Mir/Editor/Ausaf Newspaper for Daily Dawn/Reuters 1:01

Four years after a US Navy Seal team killed Osama bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, lingering questions remain about the raid and (...)