Syrian soldiers inspect the site of bombing  in southern Damascus, Syria, which has killed at least 60 people. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shia fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday when a car bomb and two suicide bombers struck in a district (...)

On confusing an X-ray of an ankle for an image of an elbow during a training session with colleagues, Dr Hassan said it was a “teaching meeting – in a teaching environment. It’s a chance for people to make mistakes and learn more”. Photograph: Getty Images

The doctor who this week was found guilty of poor professional performance and professional misconduct has rejected the findings of the fitness-to-pra(...)

The EU’s high representative for foreign policy, Federica Mogherini,  has reiterated the EU’s opposition to the death penalty “in all circumstances” and expressed her concern at the risk of sectarian violence escalating in the Muslim world.  File photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The European Union has urged regional powers in the Middle East to “act responsibly” amid mounting concerns over the escalation of tensions in the reg(...)

A Bahraini woman holds a picture of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr   during  a protest after his execution  by Saudi authorities. Photograph: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

As the political crisis deepened over the execution of dissident Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, Bahrain and Sudan on Monday followed the lead of their Sun(...)

Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate New Year’s Day Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.  Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

In his first message of 2016, Pope Francis summoned humanity to show compassion and to transcend the apathy that impedes peace in a world that has of (...)

Islamist gunmen shoot a wounded police officer on the ground at point-blank range, as they flee the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in this still image taken from amateur video shot on January 7th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters

The Islamist attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo made France the third deadliest country for journalists in 2015, just behind Syria and Iraq, me(...)

We spoke to Syrians who have made their way to Berlin about their journeys and the future

Ehsan (21) Ehsan worked with various humanitarian relief organisations in Aleppo before joining the Syrian opposition as an assistant surgeon an(...)

Migrants walking through a field to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni on August 29th. Photograph:   Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have “far surpassed” a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and(...)

Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, in the US. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

European ambassadors to the US, including EU ambassador David O’Sullivan and Irish ambassador Anne Anderson, have issued warnings over proposed change(...)

We came face to face with the use of violence against women in conflict ten years ago in Darfur, Sudan and chose  to no longer merely act as witnesses to it. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

Violence against women and girls is a global issue that knows no respect for geographical boundaries, race, ethnicity, age or class. It happens in tim(...)