Mal Whitfield (right) of the USA beats Arthur Wint of Jamaica to win the 800 metres at the 1948 London Olympics. Photograph: Getty Images.

Between winning 800m golds at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, Mal Whitfield was a master sergeant in the US Air Force. He flew 27 combat missions as a (...)

Hungarian special force police officers inspects the rucksack of a migrant as a Slovenian police officer looks on at a registration camp on the Slovenian side of the Croatian-Slovenian border. Photograph: Gyorgy Varga/EPA

Thousands of migrants continue to reach Europe each day, but many fear the Paris attacks have wrecked their hopes of a new life, as states across th(...)

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond  in Washington DC, US. File photograph: Jim watson/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s foreign secretary Philip Hammond has privately assured the Government that the hundreds of thousands of Irish living in Britain would not be(...)

A Russian employee of a hotel teaches belly dancing to Russian tourists in Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

The likelihood that a bomb caused the crash of a Russian airliner flying from Sharm al-Sheikh to St Petersburg has already had a devastating impact on(...)

The scene outside the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photograph: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh

Five Islamist militants attacked a hotel at dawn in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least six people and injuring 10, before all the assailan(...)

South Africa’s foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in  New Delhi. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

The third India-Africa summit in seven years opened this week at a sports stadium in New Delhi, amidst unprecedented security and chaotic traffic jams(...)

A photo widely distributed by Swedish media showing  Anton Lundin-Pettersson, the alleged perpetrator of the attack at a school in Trollhattan, southwestern Sweden on Thursday. The young man masked and armed with a sword attacked students and staff members, killing two people. Photograph: AFP

A masked swordsman who killed a teaching assistant and a boy and wounded two others, all with immigrant backgrounds, was driven by racist motives, Swe(...)

A child with moderate malnutrition at the office of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state in South Sudan. According to reports, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million people are classified severely food insecure in South Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a shift that has taken place slowly and without fanfare, but in the past 50 years the worst types of famine have become dramatically less frequen(...)

Hungarian police use tear gas at the border crossing between Serbia and Hungary near Horgos on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA 0:50

The late summer heat was oppressive over Hungary’s southern borderlands, the air heavy with the fatigue, frustration and uncertainty of hundreds of pe(...)

Beder Jasim, from Aleppo in Syria and his friend Ibrahim  Momtaz. “We feel great now. Thank you to Austria. In Hungary things were very bad, and we were scared. Now we feel safe” said Mr Jasim.

Thousands of migrants have arrived in Germany and Austria after Hungary eased travel restrictions and let them continue their westward voyage, giving (...)