A displaced man and a woman from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Iran turned its back on Nouri al-Maliki yesterday, and congratulated his designated successor as prime minister of Iraq, paving the way for Mr Maliki’(...)

Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors speak to  pro-Russian separatists at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters 1:31

World leaders have called for an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as they demanded speedy access for international investigators to the crash si(...)

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER with registration 9M-MRD operating as flight MH17 is seen at the G3 gate of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam before it took off for Kuala Lumpur. Photograph: Yaron Mofaz/Reuters)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that if the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine was a deliberate act, then “it is an unspe(...)

Amtrack’s almost three-hour Acela Express train journey connects Union Station in Washington DC (above) with New York. Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Amtrak

Before the train pulls into Philadelphia’s 30th Street train station en route from New York City to Washington DC, conductor Michael Sternfeld announc(...)

Iraqi men gather outside of the main army recruiting center to volunteer for military service in Baghdad yesterday after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. Photograph: AP Photo/Karim Kadim

US president Barack Obama yesterday threatened military strikes in Iraq against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace(...)

* Al Qaeda splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Sources: M Izady - Gulf 2000 Project/Columbia University/Reuters

US president Barack Obama last night threatened US military strikes in Iraq against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to threa(...)

Hillary Clinton: has told ABC News that she is focusing on promoting her book for the moment and will not make her decision on a 2016 presidential run until later this year. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton deflected continued speculation over whether she will run for president in 2016, telling ABC News in an interview yesterday to prom(...)

Gerry Adams: told US politicians there was an opportunity between now and the marching season to deliver the proposals of former US diplomat Richard Haass

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams urged 11 members of the US Congress to press the British government to support the Haass proposals and fulfil the rem(...)

Ukrainian soldiers stand guard  at a checkpoint outside the city of Slaviansk, where separatists are holding eight OSCE monitors hostage. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have freed a Swedish observer, but said they had no plans to release seven other European monitors they have been(...)

A masked pro-Russian protester pelts supporters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko with eggs outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Marko Djurica

The United States has told Russia to stop “pulling Ukraine apart” or face tougher sanctions, (...)