Members of Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement marching in Gaza on Monday. Photograph: Mahmud Hamsmahmud/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation tha(...)

Migrants try to  board lorries bound for the United Kingdom in Calais this week. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Migration is always a matter of perspective. Or rather of two perspectives. When our own beautiful young people fall from a collapsing balcony in Berk(...)

Syrian Kurds waiting behind barbed wired on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State is a hydra-headed military cult that grows two poisonous heads for every one lopped off. Yesterday’s attacks in France, Tunisia, Kuwait (...)

Kuwaiti men react at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted the Shia Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque during Friday prayers on Friday in Kuwait City. Photograph: Yasser Al-Zayyatyasser/AFP/Getty Images

A suicide bomber killed 25 people when he blew himself up inside a packed Shia Muslim mosque in Kuwait city during Friday prayers, the interior minis(...)

Islamic State militants carry plastic containers full of explosives as they prepare to blow up mausoleums in the historic town of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: the website of Islamic State militants via AP

Islamic State fighters have mined with explosives the Graeco-Roman ruins of Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old Unesco world heritage site, according to Syria’s(...)

Yemenis shop at a market in the embattled southern city of Aden yesterday.  Photograph: Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

A day without the thud of air strikes in Sana’a is rare. The sound of missiles and responding anti-aircraft gunfire fills the thin, dusty air in this (...)

Mokhtar Belmokhtar: in French intelligence circles, he earned the nickname “The Uncatchable” because of the number of times he had been falsely declared dead. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Al-Qaeda’s branch in north Africa has denied that jihadi leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed in a US air strike in Libya this week. “In the face of (...)

Syrian refugees wait for supplies near the Turkish border post of Akcakale, province of Sanliurfa. Photograph: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Terrorist attacks worldwide surged by more than a third and fatalities soared by 81 per cent in 2014, a year that also saw Islamic State eclipse al Qa(...)

‘The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, all state laws against equal marriage will fall. The outcome would represent another major step towards the vindication of LGBTI rights generally (and, as a trivial aside, would allow us to congratulate American friends on their judiciary having caught up with the plain people of Ireland). Supporters of same-sex marriages  outside the US Supreme Court on April 28th, 2015. Photograph:  MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, a(...)

Smoke rises above buildings after car bombs  in Sana’a, Yemen yesterday. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Militant group Islamic State in Yemen claimed responsibility for car bomb attacks in the capital Sanaa that killed and injured dozens of people yester(...)