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(...)