French president François Hollande Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France has said it wants to convene Arab states, Iran and key world powers to co-ordinate a broad response against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Is(...)

Yehya Chaker Charkieh (left), the millionth Syrian refugee in Lebanon, speaks to a representative at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, today. Photograph: Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million today, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe cau(...)

Central African crisis
  • Africa
  • March 10, 2014, 08:35

Reports from Central African Republic (CAR), one of the poorest and most unstable states in the world , suggest it is now spiralling uncontroll(...)

A displaced Syrian child in a makeshift camp for refugees only miles from the Syrian border in Majdal Anjar, Lebanon. “If we do not act quickly, a generation of innocents will become lasting casualties of an appalling war,” the UNHCR report said. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Half of all refugees from the civil war in Syria are children and of those, three quarters are under the age of 12, according to the latest report fro(...)

Rescued migrants arrive onboard a coastguard vessel at the harbour of Lampedusa this morning. Photograph: Nino Randazzo/ASP/Reuters

More than 300 people drowned or were feared dead after a boat packed with African migrants caught fire and sank off the southern Italian island of Lam(...)

Action required on refugee crisis

“Syria has become the greatest tragedy of this century – a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent hi(...)

Young Syrian refugees transport supplies received from humanitarian organizations to sell outside of Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. Photograph: Reuters

As the number of refugees fleeing Syria surpassed two million yesterday, the plight of those seeking to escape the country’s civil war was described a(...)

A Syrian child refugee cries as he stands at a queue waiting to receive aid from Turkish humanitarian agencies at Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Syria near the Turkish border. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Israel and the US conducted joint tests of their missile operations in the Mediterranean Sea today. The tests, which were detected by Russian r(...)

A Syrian refugee girl looks from a tent at the Domiz refugee camp in the northern Iraqi province of Dohuk. The number of Syrian children forced to flee their homeland reached 1 million today. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

US and allied intelligence agencies have made a preliminary assessment that chemical weapons were used by Syrian forces in an attack near Damascus thi(...)

A Syrian child holds her sibling at a camp in Baalbek, Lebanon, for Syrians who have fled the fighting in their country. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria has escalated to an average of 6,000 a day during 2013 – a rate not seen since the genocide in Rwan(...)