Gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas and the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organisation has told the (...)

Smoke rises after what activists said were clashes with Islamic State fighters in Aleppo.  Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters

Syrian insurgents rushed reinforcements into battle on Tuesday against Islamic State militants who, according to opposition leaders, had seized crucia(...)

A file image from last month of US vice president Joe Biden. Photograph: Getty

The United Arab Emirates said last night US vice president Joe Biden had apologised to the Abu Dhabi crown prince for “any implications” in a speech h(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan at a UN peacekeeping summit in New York.

The Government has agreed to train African military officers, most likely from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda, in peacekeeping skills in Ireland and Af(...)

A civil defence member tries to put out a fire at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Hosam Katan

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been handed a 1,400-page document that details 20 sample war crimes indictments against combatants on bo(...)

The aftermath of a suicide truck bomb at the eastern entrance of Hama city. The truck was packed with 1.5 tonnes of explosives which killed 30 people and wounded dozens. Photograph: Reuters/Sana/Handout

Suicide bombers killed at least 50 people at checkpoints in Hama and Jaramana, a suburb of Damascus inhabited mainly by Christians and Druze, and figh(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry expressed gratitude to Russia for its willingness to try to arrange a “Geneva Two” conference to negotiate an end to the conflict. Photograph: Reuters

Britain said yesterday it was “very likely” the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, and Turkey announced it was stepping up testing of(...)

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(...)

Iraqi security personnel inspect the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, 250km north of Baghdad. Photograph: Ako Rasheed/Reuters

A series of attacks across Iraq killed 27 people and wounded well over 100 others this morning, officials have said. The attacks, many in(...)

A man walks along a deserted street in the Syrian town of Deir al-Zor. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

The leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq has said the organistaion has merged with Syria's extremist Jabhat al-Nusra, which has sided with the rebels fig(...)