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, (...)

 An “Asian silver 7-piece tea service”, estimated at €600 to €800 and catalogued as “Presented to Sean Lemass on a visit to UAE”.  However, the United Arab Emirates was only formally established as an independent state in December 1971 – seven months after Lemass died

Silverware presented to former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Seán Lemass is to be sold at auction in Dublin next week. Gifts given to politicians occasionall(...)

Camel View is here

Speaking of camels, why kill them when you can strap a camera to their head, which is what Google has done. Yes, Camel View is a new addition to Googl(...)

 An Islamic State militant waves his hands and gun from a hill near Kobani, in  Syria, during  clashes between YPG Kurdish fighters and Islamic State yesterday. The Islamic State militant group captured a security compound near the centre of the Syrian Kurdish enclave  and is targeting the border crossing with Turkey. Photograph: EPA

US president Barack Obama and his military commanders are meeting defence chiefs from more than 20 nations participating in the fight against the Isla(...)

 US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Cairo   after the International donors conference on financing the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Photograph:  EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry yesterday called for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace, saying a lasting deal between Israel, the P(...)

A file image from last month of US vice president Joe Biden. Photograph: Getty

The United Arab Emirates said last night US vice president Joe Biden had apologised to the Abu Dhabi crown prince for “any implications” in a speech h(...)

A palate-tickling array of delights will be served at the Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium, part of the National Craft and Design Fair, which runs (...)

A handout picture made available by the Australian Department of Defense shows two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft conducting a mid air refuelling from a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport en route to the Middle East Region.

Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, prime minister Tony Abbott said toda(...)

Solar Impulse 2: the aircraft, which can remain aloft at night powered by batteries, demonstrates the possibilities of clean energy. photograph: new york times

Last year, two Swiss pilots became the first to fly across the US using the power of the sun. Now they are back with an even more ambitious plan, to (...)

Residents inspect a  site damaged in what activists say was a US strike in Kfredrian, Idlib province in Syria yesterday. Photograph: Abdalghne Karoof /Reuters

The Syrian rebel commander has been struggling for two years just to get ammunition for his men’s rifles and food to feed them, as they have sought to(...)