Smoke fills the sky over Tripoli after fighting between rival militias. Photograph: EPA/STR

Libya lurched closer to fragmentation and civil war at the weekend after Islamist-led militias seized the airport in the capital, proclaimed their own(...)

Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay giving  an interview  in her office in Geneva earlier this month. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay last night rebuked the UN security council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined nati(...)

Members of the International Committee of the Red Cross stand near a storehouse after a Ukrainian convoy delivered humanitarian aid for eastern Ukrainian regions. The number of attacks on aid workers last year set an annual record, at 460. Photograph: Roman Pilpey/EPA

Attacks on international aid workers have risen sharply over the past year and a half, with spikes in the numbers of killings, injuries and abductions(...)

Demonstrators hold up banners during a rally that was held to mark the 120th day since the abduction of two hundred school girls by the Boko Haram. Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Suspected Islamist Boko Haram fighters have abducted dozens of boys and men in a raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, loading them onto truc(...)

Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rest after they re-enter Iraq from Syria at the border crossing in Fishkhabour yesterday. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq remains complex and highly dangerous for hundreds of thousands of people, even after the lifting of the Islamic State (...)

The WHO’s director general, Margaret Chan, said: “Countries affected to date simply don’t have the capacity to manage an outbreak on this scale on their own.” Photograph: EPA/Salvatore Di Nolfi

The World Health Organisation declared the west African Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency yesterday, demanding an “extraordinary(...)

A stuffed great horned owl

Walrus tusks, a 19th-century elephant’s tooth and a host of stuffed specimens will form a new exhibition that opens to the public tomorrow at the Lewi(...)

Pope Francis blesses Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan and her baby during a private meeting at the Vatican today. photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Pope Francis this morning had a private meeting with Sudanese Christian woman, Meriam Ibrahim and her family, in the Domus Santa Marta in the Vatican.(...)

Egyptian security forces extinguish a fire during recent clashes in Cairo. Smugglers armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades killed 15  border guards near the frontier with Libya today. Photograph: Mohamed Kamal/EPA.

Smugglers armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades killed 15 Egyptian border guards near the frontier with Libya today, security officials said. (...)

The $8.9 billion fine imposed on French bank BNP Paribas for violating sanctions against Sudan and other countries was unprecedented, but investors(...)