A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul in a video recording posted online on  July 5th.  Photograph: Reuters

When American forces raided a home near Fallujah during the turbulent 2004 offensive against the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, they got the hard-core milita(...)

Locals and relatives gather at a beach after a ferry carrying at least 250 passengers capsized on the Padma River in Lauhajang, Bangladesh. Some 116 people are feared missing. Photograph: EPA.

Rescuers are struggling to locate a sunken ferry that was carrying hundreds of passengers when it capsized in a Bangladesh river.After the MV Pinak sa(...)

 Palestinians react shortly after an airstrike in Gaza City today. At least 10 Palestinians are killed and more than 40 are injured in two Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, medics say, adding that most of the casualties are children. Photograph: Oliver Weiken/EPA 1:22

A huge explosion in a public garden in northern Gaza killed eight children and two adults, and wounded 40 others, Palestinian doctors said today. Loca(...)

Palestinians walk amid the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, yesterday. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

An uneasy calm hung over Gaza City last night after US president Barack Obama intervened in the crisis by calling for an “immediate and unconditional”(...)

Syrian rebels said today they targeted President Bashar al-Assad’s motorcade heading to a Damascus mosque to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.Ho(...)

A customer hands a mobile phone to a man operating a phone-charging station in Kabul, Afghanistan. A smooth US exit from Afghanistan will depend on, among other things, Pakistan’s co-operation with the logistical pullout. Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

The Taliban has attacked the West’s view that Afghanistan is seeing steady if fragile progress, in an annual statement from its leader that also sough(...)