Iceland’s welfare minister Eyglo Hardardottir said authorities were studying the Facebook offers and would consider increasing the number of refugees accepted under a humanitarian quota, currently capped at 50. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 12,000 Icelanders have signed an open letter on Facebook saying they are ready to welcome Syrian refugees after the island’s government said(...)

The compound of the Temple of Bel is seen after its destruction in Palmyra. Photograph: Handout via Reuters

After a day of conflicting reports about the extent of damage that Islamic State militants had inflicted on the Temple of Bel in the ancient city of P(...)

A volunteer distributes water to migrants on a train from Budapest to Munich at the Austrian. Photograph: Vladimir Simicek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary has suspended all traffic from its main rail terminal and cleared the station of hundreds of migrants trying to board trains for Austria and G(...)

Migrants near Szeged, Hungary, after crossing the border from Serbia. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

“People, this is the police – come out of the building now,” the Serbian officer blared through the loudspeaker of his squad car, the red lights on it(...)

The Greco-Roman Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, which the Islamic State group targeted. Photograph: Reuters/Sandra Auger

The outer walls and columns of the 2,000-year-old temple of Bel in the ancient city of Palmyra are said by residents to be still standing in spite of (...)

A general view shows the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra, Syria in October, 2010. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

While residents in the historic city of Palmyra reported a massive explosion in its ancient ruins, the temple of Bel – one of Syria’s most prized trea(...)

Brian Eno: ‘What I mean by surrender is an active choice not to take control. An active choice to be part of the flow of something.’ Photograph:  Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images

That’s it then. Over for another year. The summer started out with a referendum hailing great social change, but as it has progressed there have been (...)

The Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition. Mercedes’s head of China operations said he was still positive about the country’s car market, ‘subject to some stabilisation of the stock market’. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

It has been a wearying few months for the world’s carmakers when it comes to the Chinese car market. Once touted as the cure-all saviour of the world’(...)

Attack on the Temple Of Bel in Palmyra follows attack on Baal Shamin temple on August 25th. Photograph: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket/Getty Images

Islamic State has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra city, a group monitoring the conflict said on Sunday. The militants targeted (...)

 Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi  in 2013. Photograph: EPA/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election, starting on October 18th and 19th, the election commission said on Sunday, in the final step in(...)