A migrant, hoping to cross into Hungary, plays with a child along a railway track outside the village of Horgos in Serbia, towards the border it shares with Hungary. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Mayor Istvan Bacskulin cast a gimlet-eyed gaze over the fields that separate Serbia and Hungary, and didn’t much like what he saw. It wasn’t so much t(...)

The Temple of Bel before and after the destruction at  Palmyra. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Satellite images have revealed the destruction by Islamic State of the iconic 2,000-year-old Bel temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra just fiv(...)

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(...)

Islamic State militants targeted the Temple of Bel, a Roman-era structure in the central desert city of Palmyra. Photograph: Sandra Auger/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(...)

Migrants demonstrate at the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary on Tuesday after police stopped them from getting on a train to Germany and evacuated the station. Photograph: Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP.

Hundreds of migrants remain stranded outside Budapest’s Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday after police sealed off the terminal to stop them travelli(...)

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’(...)