Islamic State militants have targeted religous minorities they view as apostates including Assyrian Christians, Yazidis (above) and Shia Muslims. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mou(...)

A recently mobilized Ukrainian serviceman aims his rifle during a military training on the Desna shooting range in Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

An internationally agreed ceasefire due to start Saturday tonight in eastern Ukraine is under threat from intense fighting and disputes between Kiev a(...)

A billboard campaigning for All Progressives Congress party (APC) is seen at Adeniji district in Lagos. Photograph: Reuters

A bomb worn by a girl aged about 10 exploded in a busy marketplace in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, killing at least 16 pe(...)

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrive in southeastern Turkey early today ahead of their planned deployment to the Syrian town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance which has defied US-led air strikes. Photograph: Reuters

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters and weaponry has made its way across southeastern Turkey en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fe(...)

Muslims perform a prayer today near the Turkish border with Syria for Kurdish fighters killed in Kobani while fighting against Islamic State. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Islamic State fighters advanced deeper into the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border today, taking almost complete control of an area where the(...)

Kenneth Bae, who  was arrested in North Korea 18 months ago and sentenced to 15 years hard labour for attempting to bring down the state, told CNN he was working eight hours a day, six days a week, and was the only inmate at a prison camp staffed by more than 20 officials, including a doctor. Photograph: Reuters

Three American citizens detained in North Korea have appealed to the US government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with US media(...)

Train wagons are seen on the destroyed railway bridge which collapsed during the fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists, over a main road leading to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photograph: Reuters

Further violence in Ukraine marks a dangerous escalation, but there is no way of verifying the latest reports of a Russian invasion, a top UN official(...)

 Local residents donate blood at a blood donation station in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday. Hundreds of civilians and military injured in the fighting in the South-East of Ukraine are in local hospitals with not enough blood for medical operations. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

The United States and Germany have challenged Russia over the apparent involvement of its military in eastern Ukraine, as pro-Moscow rebels made ra(...)

Part of the Shejaia neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive. Photograph: Reuters/Suhaib Salem

Israel and the Palestinians last night agreed to a 72-hour truce in the Gaza Strip to start this morning, the latest effort to end four weeks of fi(...)

Pro-Russian militants from the ‘Vostok’ (East) arrive to the regional administration building in Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: Jakub Kaminski/EPA

The US expressed new concerns about rising violence in eastern Ukraine, including the downing of a military helicopter by pro-Russian rebels battling (...)