A unit of the new highspeed train built by Spanish manufacturer Talgo is loaded onto a freighter in Barcelona’s port bound for Jeddah City in Saudi Arabia. The Medina-Mecca rail link is plagued by delays, political tensions and technical headaches. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

It was meant to be a pioneering feat of engineering and an international showcase for Spain’s mastery of high-speed rail infrastructure. But less than(...)

Kayla Mueller had a long record of volunteering abroad and was moved by the plight of civilians in Syria’s civil war. Photograph: Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier

Islamic State said yesterday that an American woman hostage it was holding in Syria had been killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building wher(...)

 King of Jordan, Abdullah II (2nd right), talking to Safi al-Kassasbeh (2nd left), the father of the recently executed Jordanian pilot, in Aye Village, Karak on Thursday. Photograph: Jordanian Royal Palace/EPA.

Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State hideouts in Syria on Thursday and then roared over the hometown of a pilot killed by the militants. (...)

The father of IS-murdered Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh is surrounded by family and security during a mourning ceremony at his family clan headquarters in Karak, Jordan. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawiafp/Getty

Amman yesterday vowed to escalate involvement in the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS), which occupies large tracts of territory in Iraq an(...)

US president Barack Obama: said video would redouble the determination of the US-led coalition to “degrade and defeat” Islamic State. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Jordan’s King Abdullah cut short a visit to Washington yesterday following the posting of images of the execution by Islamic State (IS) of cap(...)

Protesters holding placards  during a demonstration in front of the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo.  Some  200 people took part in the demonstration that saw the participants not only protesting against the relocation of a US military base to Henoko in the Okinawa prefecture, but also rallying in support of Kenji Goto, the remaining Japanese captive held by Islamic State militants. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants “outrageous” and again demanded the group r(...)

US president Barack Obama and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi  hugging each other as the US President and First Lady Michelle Obama  are greeted on their arrival at Palam airport, New Delhi. Photograph: India Press Information Bureau/EPA

In a glow of bonhomie, US president Barack Obama and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi have announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade, a step that b(...)

Mourners and family members bury  King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Saudo Press Agency

World leaders and top dignitaries have begun arriving in Saudi Arabia to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah, who has died ag(...)

A file photo dated 11th December 2013 of then Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who has been made king following the death of King Abdullah on January 22nd. Photograph: EPA/Raed Qutena 1:36

Saudi Arabia will bury King Abdullah in an unmarked grave on Friday, hours after it moved to ensure a smooth transition by appointing a new king and c(...)

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with the US Secretary of State at his private residence in June last year. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images 1:36

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has died and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world’s top oil exporter has announced. King Salman (...)