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 (...)

Kidnapped schoolgirls are seen at an unknown location in this still image taken from an undated video released by Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. The leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has offered to release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters last month in exchange for prisoners, according to a video seen on YouTube. Photograph: Reuters

Nigeria’s government said today the “window of negotiation” is open with Boko Haram rebels who abducted more than 200 girls a month ago from their s(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended peace talks with the Palestinians yesterday in response to president Mahmoud Abbas’s unity agreement with Hamas Islamists. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Reuters

The United States said today the Israeli-Palestinian peace process had come to a standstill, all but acknowledging US secretary of state John K(...)

The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk has told reporters  that Vice News journalist Simon Ostrovsky (above) had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was “destabilising for us”, but that he was being treated well. Photograph: Vice News

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine last night confirmed they are detaining a US journalist working with Vice News. The self-decla(...)

A man, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, in a field hospital in Kfar Zeita village in the central province of Hama on April 12th last. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

The United States has indications that a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in Syria this month and is examining whether the Syrian g(...)

A mural of the  map of Crimea filled in with the Russian national colours on a street in Moscow in recent days.  Photograph: Artur Bainozarov/Reuters

Nato is to meet today to seek ways to further ease tensions with Russia over Ukraine a day after President Vladimir Putin began withdrawing for(...)