Five bombs exploded on Tuesday in Sanaa’s old quarter, where many supporters of the Shia Muslim Houthi group live. Photographs: EPA/Yahya Arhab

Five bombs exploded on Tuesday in Sanaa, Yemen, killing one person and injuring another, a senior security official said.The bombs were placed in Sana(...)

Christian children take part in a demonstration  commemorating Assyrian Martyr Day  in Beirut’s Fanar district. Photograph:  Maya Hautefeuille/AFP/Getty Images

India is the latest country in which Christians have spoken out about their persecution. Christians of all denominations have issued a joint pre-Chris(...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued approx 40km off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in(...)

A picture dated 22nd June 2013 shows Serge Lazarevic’s daughter, Diane (centre) holding a portrait of her father as she participates in a rally to demand release of hostages after 1,000 days of detention, in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande announced the liberation of France’s last remaining hostage, Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, who had been captured in Mali in November 2011 by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI). Photograph: Marlene Awaad/EPA

President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that the last French citizen held hostage, a 50-year-old man seized in 2011 by Al Qaeda’s north African ar(...)

The Rendition Project and Reprieve have identified 27 aircraft used by the CIA in its rendition programme which they claim landed more than 200 times at Irish airports on global circuits that ferried al-Qaeda suspects around secret prisons or “black sites” between 2001 and 2006. File photograph:  PA Wire 1:08

The invoice states that the trip lasted four days in November 2012 and flew from Washington to Kabul in Afghanistan and back again stopping for fue(...)

Aid agencies have assessed that 78 million people are in need of assistance. Above, a displaced boy, who fled from Islamic State violence in Mosul, stands in refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil. Photograph:  Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Struggling to cope with record numbers of victims of conflict, the United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion (€13.3 billion) to finance humanit(...)

Pierre Korkie: mediators from a tribe in Yemen had reportedly convinced al-Qaeda to hand him over for a “facilitation fee” of $200,000 (€163,000). Photograph: EPA

US officials have defended the commando raid in south Yemen that led to the deaths of two hostages, saying they did not know the soon-to-be-freed Sout(...)

Human traffickers often use unseaworthy boats to smuggle African migrants to Yemen.

At least 70 Ethiopians drowned when a boat used by smugglers to transport illegal migrants to Yemen sank in the Red Sea in rough weather, security aut(...)

 Luke Somers photographed in  Sana’a, Yemen, in 2013. Photograp: EPA

A woman, a 10-year-old boy and a local al Qaeda leader were among at least 11 people killed alongside two Western hostages when US-led forces fought (...)

 Luke Somers, a 33-year-old British born US journalist, in Sanaa, Yemen,  before he was captured by al-Qaeda last year. Photograph: EPA

A US journalist and a South African teacher held by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen were killed alongside 10 of their captors during a rescue attempt by U(...)