Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a leader of the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda (Aqap), speaks via a video posted on YouTube. Photograph: Reuters/YouTube via Reuters TV 0:47

For Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, al-Qaeda leaders assassinated by the US at a five-month interval in 2011, Wednesday’s claim of responsibilit(...)

Syrian opposition leader Ahmed Jarba answers questions during a news conference in Geneva on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi met Syrian government and opposition delegations separately in Geneva yesterday to lay the groundwork for talks on how to (...)

Police and pro-Egyptian government supporters struggle outside al-Fateh mosque in Cairo yesterday. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The unrest in Egypt has raised international concerns over the country’s stability and prompted condemnation from United Nations secretary general Ban(...)

Heavily-armed members of  Egypt’s security forces in Cairo. Photgraph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

The brother of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri has been arrested in Egypt, officials say. The official said that Mohammed al-Zawahri, leader of(...)

A police officer checks documents of a traveller outside the departure lounge Sanaa International Airport today. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Yemeni security forces have foiled a plot by al-Qaeda to take over oil and gas export facilities and a provincial capital in the eastern part of the c(...)

An army trooper looks on, while manning a checkpoint in Sanaa  Yemen. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

The United States and Britain have withdrawn staff from Yemen today due to security concerns. The US has told its citizens in Yemen today to leave the(...)

A flag flutters outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Nir Elias /Reuters

The Obama administration’s decision last week to close nearly two dozen diplomatic missions and issue a worldwide travel alert came after the United S(...)

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad during an interview with Syrian television channel al-Ikhbariya in Damascus. Photograph: Sana/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said Western nations will suffer the consequences for what he described as their support for al Qaeda militant(...)