A refugee camp for Yazidis near the town of Zakho, Iraq. The United Nations refugee agency today said it was launching a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq. Photograph: EPA.

Iraqi forces launched an offensive today to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, home town of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the milit(...)

In Europe, stocks rose to their highest levels in a week, although Ireland lagged slightly behind the trend

A global gauge of stock markets rose as investors were cautiously optimistic about a possible de-escalation of the conflict in the Russia-Ukraine b(...)

A displaced man and a woman from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Iran turned its back on Nouri al-Maliki yesterday, and congratulated his designated successor as prime minister of Iraq, paving the way for Mr Maliki’(...)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s presidential election in Turkey was, with 52 per cent of the vote, a little less emphatic than the polls ha(...)

Smoke rises from the Baiji oil refinery during the clashes between the fighters of jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Iraqi forces in Baiji city, northern Iraq. Photograph: EPA

Brent crude oil slipped below $105 a barrel today as US intervention in Iraq eased concerns over the risk of disruption to supply from Opec’s second-l(...)

Supporters of Turkey’s prime minister Recep  Tayyip Erdogan  in front of an election centre in Istanbul today. Mr Erdogan said  the Turkish people had “shown their will” in a presidential election which local media and allies said he had won, but stopped short of formally declaring victory, saying he would make a full statement later. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

An unofficial vote count indicates prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to win Turkey’s first ever presidential election in the first round, acc(...)

Supporters of Turkey’s prime minister and presidential candidate Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul yesterday. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

In Istanbul’s Kadikoy district, students openly drink beer on street corners where monuments to the founder of the modern Turkish state, Mustafa Kemal(...)

Author Martine Madden recounts a shameful part of history

The centenary of the first World War has seen a proliferation of new fiction set to a wartime backdrop. Martine Madden’s debut novel, Anyush (Brandon,(...)

Turkey’s prime minister and presidential candidate Tayyip Erdogan poses with representatives of nomadic Turkish groups in Ankara. Some observershave accused him of engaging in anti-Jewish rhetoric in the run-up to Sunday’s presidential election. Photograph: Reuters

A walk through Istanbul’s touristy Galata neighbourhood reveals churches, mosques and no fewer than three synagogues. Under the shadow of the G(...)

Palestinian women gather near the rubble of a building after what police said was an Israeli air strike at Shati (Beach) refugee camp in Gaza City today. Palestinians accused Israel of breaking a seven-hour ceasefire by bombing a house in Gaza City. Photograph: Ruters

A brief Israeli truce to allow aid to reach Palestinians ended on Monday amid accusations of strikes by both sides, while Jerusalem was rocked by two (...)