Leonardo DiCaprio is applauded by François Hollande and Ban Ki-moon at the UN. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

Representatives from 175 of the 196 countries that concluded the Paris agreement to fight climate change last December gathered at UN headquarters in(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon during the opening of the International Criminal Court complex in the Hague, The Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Koen van Weel

When King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the first permanent home of the International Criminal Court yesterday, there was no d(...)

US deputy secretary of state Heather Higginbottom at a conference on the refugee crisis in Geneva, at which she said Washington was seeking to shorten the timeline for resettlement of refugees without compromising security. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The head of the United Nations has called on wealthy countries to intensify and co-ordinate efforts to take in Syrian refugees and to halt attempts t(...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday said missiles were key to the Islamic republic’s future, offering support to the hardline Revolutionary Guards that have drawn criticism from the West for testing ballistic missiles. Photograph: leader.ir/Handout via Reuters.

Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday said missiles were key to the Islamic republic’s future, offering support to the hardline Revolutionary Guards that(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the pause in the fighting was largely holding, despite some incidents that he hoped would be contained. Photograph: Sandro Campardo/EPA

A senior official from Syria’s main opposition group said yesterday the first major attempt to halt the fighting after nearly five years of war was in(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and British prime minister David Cameron listen to speakers at the donors conference for Syria in London. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

Donor nations pledged on Thursday to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians as world leaders gathered for a conference to tackle the world’s wors(...)

Al Zaatari  camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq. Jordan’s King Abdullah said  his people could not accept any more refugees. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

International aid organisations are on Thursday set to present to a London summit, entitled Supporting Syria and the Region, a new strategy for dealin(...)

 Syrians wait on Monday for the arrival of an aid convoy  in the besieged town of Madaya, where more than two dozen people are reported to have starved to death. Photograph: Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images

The first trucks from a convoy carrying food and medical aid entered the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Monday, only to discover harrowing scenes (...)

 Human rights activists hold placards during a protest in Colombo on December 3rd against a Saudi court’s decision to sentence a Sri Lankan to death by stoning, for adultery. Photograph: M A Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Saudi authorities have agreed to consider an appeal against the sentence of death by stoning imposed on a 45-year-old Sri Lankan maid for adultery, Sr(...)

US president Barack Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of the  Asean Summit and East Asia Summit meetings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

President Barack Obama has said the United States and its allies would not relent in its fight to combat Islamic State sand would hunt down their lead(...)