Smoke rises after airstrikes on the rebel-held al-Sakhour neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Syria called local truces near Damascus and in a northern province on Friday but no halt to combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo, after a surge in(...)

President Barack Obama walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base after returning from a foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, England and Germany. Photograph: AP/Susan Walsh

Barack Obama is in the final months of his presidency and keen to justify his domestic and international achievements before he leaves office. His fin(...)

 People evacuate an injured man amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Qatarji, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on Friday. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Syria called local truces near Damascus and in a northern province on Friday but no halt to combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo, after a surge in(...)

Followers of Iraqi Shia   cleric, politician and militia leader, Moqtada al-Sadr,  protesting  outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone last week. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

With tens of thousands of protesters marching in the streets of Baghdad to demand changes in government, Iraq’s Shia prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, (...)

Goal chief executive Barry Andrews: “Goal is not under investigation, it is a wider investigation involving a number of parties.”

American funding for aspects of Irish organisation Goal’s Syria aid programme has been suspended pending an investigation into alleged supply chain ir(...)

Smoke pours from the  World Trade Center in New York after it was struck by two planes during  the September 11th attacks in 2001: 15 of the 19 people involved in the attacks were Saudi citizens. Photograph: David Surowiecki/Getty Images

Twenty-eight pages of the 2002 joint congressional inquiry into 9/11 lie in a guarded vault in the basement of the US Capitol building. Former presi(...)

A civil defence member carries a child that survived from under the rubble at a site hit by air strikes in the insurgent-held area of Old Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday.  Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Air strikes on a hospital in Aleppo on Thursday killed three doctors and some 27 patients, in addition to dozens of civilians killed in strikes on in(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  is greeted by Croatian prime minister Tihomir Oreskovic outside the government building in Zagreb, on Wednesday: Mr Erdogan is known for his readiness to take legal action over perceived slurs. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

A Turkish court sentenced two journalists to two years in jail for blasphemy on Thursday, their newspaper said, after they reprinted a controversial c(...)

A family clambers over the rubble   of destroyed buildings following an air strike  in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.  Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Air strikes have destroyed a hospital and killed dozens of people in rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo including children and doctors, and(...)

Migrants and refugees  arrive on the islan of Kos, Greece. A second group of Syrian refugees is being flown  into Northern Ireland as part of the British government’s vulnerable persons’ relocation scheme. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Gerry Moriarty Northern Editor A second group of Syrian refugees is flying into Northern Ireland on Thursday as part of the British government’s vul(...)