Security in Canada’s capital came under criticism yesterday after a gunman was able to run through the unlocked front door of the main parliament building and get close to prime minister Stephen Harper before being taken down in a flurry of gunfire. Photograph: Blair Gable/Reuters 3:00

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed (...)

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “The Barbaros ship will continue to do its seismic studies . .  nobody should try to create a crisis.” Photograph: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Cyprus’s president Nikos Anastasiades is to raise Turkey’s incursion into the island’s maritime exclusion zone at today’s European Council summit in B(...)

Turkish Kurds show the victory sign during the funeral of Kurdish fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State in  Kobani, at a cemetery in the southeastern town of Suruc. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic (...)

An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani. Iraqi peshmerga are now allowed into Kobani from Turkey. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Since Islamic State (IS) extremists laid siege to the Kurdish-majority town of Ayn al-Arab or Kobani in northern Syria last month, Turkey has been hol(...)

People are silhouetted on the top of a hill close to the border line between Turkey and Syria near Mursitpinar bordergate as they watch the US led airstrikes over the Syrian town of Kobani. The US Central Command says US military aircrafts  have air-dropped ammunition and supplies to Kurdish fighters.  Photograph: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images 2:30

US military aircraft air-dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies for Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants near the Syrian bor(...)

A Kurdish refugee mother and son from the Syrian town of Kobani  in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Turkey,  on the Turkish-Syrian border  at the weekend. Photograph:   Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images

A suicide bomber killed 19 people at a funeral in Baghdad yesterday as an ambush halted Iraqi forces’ advance on a key northern city controlled by Isl(...)

A child, internally displaced due to fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, looks out of his tent window in Ekda village refugee camp, beside the Syrian-Turkish border in northern Aleppo. Fierce fighting once again gripped the border town of Kobani overnight. Photograph: Reuters

The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as Islamic State fighters attacked Kurdish defenders with mortars and c(...)

Kurdish women kin Suruc, Turkey, carry the coffin of one of four Kurdish female fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State fighters across the Syrian border in Kobani. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

“Ahin” was just 20 years old when she joined the Kurdish peshmerga forces.She had finished her baccalaureate exams in 2011 when protests against the g(...)

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad yesterday. The latest attacks follow a series of dramatic advances in Iraq by Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Reuters

Mursitpinar and Islamic State militants have targeted Baghdad with a wave of devastating car bombs and mortar attacks, killing at least 150 people si(...)