Bustle: Buddhist monks in Mandalay, Burma’s second-largest city. Images of Aung San Suu Kyi are everywhere, from newspapers  to bags and fridge magnets. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
Inside Burma

On the streets of Rangoon “the Lady” is a fridge magnet. Once banned under the censorship laws of Burma’s former military regime, Aung San Suu Kyi’(...)

Kurdish Peshmerga troops fighting  against Islamic State militants  in Khazir, on the border between Kurdistan and Iraq yesterday. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday that the US air campaign against radical Islamic State (IS) in Iraq would expand to Syria and wil(...)

Iraq’s president Fuad Masum (5th left), French president Francois Hollande (C), French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (5th right) and US Secretary of States John Kerry (4th right) pose for photo during the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris today. Photograph: Reuters

Iran’s supreme leader said today he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Wa(...)

British prime minister David Cameron said the UK “cannot ignore” the threat posed by the Islamic State group, he said. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

The United Kingdom must play its part to confront “the menace” of the Islamic State terrorist group, British prime minister David Cameron has said.(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry says Iran’s alliance with the Syrian government in its fight against insurgents excludes engagement with Tehran. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry vetoed the participation of Iran in today’s foreign minister-level talks in Paris to devise strategies for tackling I(...)

 Australian prime minister Tony Abbott (L) with Chief of the Defence Forces Air Chief Marshal Mark Binski speaking during a press conference in Darwin, Australia. Photograph: EPA

Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washingto(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (C) walks to his car as he arrives at Cairo International Airport today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has said it was “not appropriate” for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to pl(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry at  a news conference in Ankara yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan Smialowski

US secretary of state John Kerry has received pledges from top officials that Turkey will provide humanitarian assistance, logistics support and in(...)

Residents react after what activists claim were five air strikes by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus. US secretary of state John Kerry announced today nearly $500 million in humanitarian aid for people and countries hit by Syria’s civil war. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh /Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry announced today nearly $500 million (€380m) in humanitarian aid for people and countries hit by Syria’s civil war.The(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry looks over papers while flying from Jordan to Iraq today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry today endorsed Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s plans to mend Baghdad’s relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and s(...)