Members of the Syrian Kurdish YPG celebrate recapturing the  town of  Kobani, Syria, near the Turkish border. Photograph: EPA/STR

Kurdish forces have taken full control of the Syrian town of Kobani, driving out remaining Islamic State fighters to end a four-month battle that beca(...)

Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holds a photograph allegedly showing the body of Haruna Yukawa, in a video released by Islamic State. Photograph: Agencies

Japan has sought help from Jordan and other countries in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, with no signs of p(...)

 Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holds a photograph allegedly showing the body of Haruna Yukawa, in a video released by Islamic State. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japan has been left reeling by a video apparently showing Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto pleading with prime minister Shinzo Abe not to let him d(...)

‘The New York Times this week reported what it called Obama’s and the West’s “quiet retreat from its demand that Syria’s president, Bashar Assad, step down immediately.”  That’s a euphemism for a very substantial policy U-turn, in effect an embracing of a morally dubious but pragmatic “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”. Above, President Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Photograph:  J Scott Applewhite/AP

If Obama is “turning the page” on domestic policy, as he suggested in his state of the union address, there is also a sense in which he is turning an (...)

Protesters holding placards  during a demonstration in front of the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo.  Some  200 people took part in the demonstration that saw the participants not only protesting against the relocation of a US military base to Henoko in the Okinawa prefecture, but also rallying in support of Kenji Goto, the remaining Japanese captive held by Islamic State militants. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants “outrageous” and again demanded the group r(...)

A view of the   local temporary immigrant holding center (CETI) in the Spanish enclave of Melilla, northern Africa.  Melilla, along with the town of Ceuta, is situated in North Africa but belongs to Spain. Photograph: FG Guerrero/EPA

Spanish police arrested four people on Saturday in its North African enclave of Ceuta suspected of belonging to a militant Islamist network, the inte(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry leaves the stage after addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.   Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has called for an ambitious international plan to combat the underlying causes of terrorism. In a lengthy addr(...)

Shannon Conley in court for her sentencing.

An American teenager who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants has been sentenced to four years in prison.Shannon Conley (19), from Den(...)

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media,  showing  Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) in orange jumpsuits with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has expressed anger early at a video purporting to show the killing of a Japanese citizen by Islamic State militan(...)

Hosts Chris Pine and Academy president Cheryl Boone announce ‘American Sniper’ as one of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The success of Clint Eastwood’s new movie American Sniper at the US box office has reignited the political debate about the Iraq War. The discussion i(...)