Kaci Kullmann Five, the new head of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, announces the winner of 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. Photograph: Heiko Junge/EPA

The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The jury cited the group for “its decisive contribution to the buildin(...)

Bernardino Leon, UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), speaking at a press conference at UN’s European headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. Leon, on late 8th October 2015. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Libya is a step closer to forming a national unity government after months of difficult talks between the country’s two rival administrations. The nor(...)

An Islamic State loyalist in the terror group’s de factor capital, Raqqa, in Syria, in June 2014. Photograph: Reuters

The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria, aiming to put pressure on Raqqa, the terr(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, during which he said he would send home the US’s Syrian refugees if he became president. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/Reuters

Businessman Donald Trump, the frontrunner to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said he would send home the US’s Syrian refugees if he b(...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Mexico, in 2012. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Through the summer of 2015, Vladimir Putin has played a bold and unexpected diplomatic hand, taking Moscow from being frozen out over Ukraine to a pow(...)

Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the presidential council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 1st, 2015. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/AFP/Getty Images 1:23

Russian air strikes in Syria are targeting a list of well-known militant organisations, not only Islamic State, the Kremlin said on Thursday. M(...)

The Palestinian flag flies beside the flag of the United Nations after being raised by President Mahmoud Abbas. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday accused Israel of sabotaging US efforts to broker peace and said that Israeli security operations at the(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: won approval from Russian parliament to send troops into combat overseas. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/AP

Russia has launched air strikes in Syria in a risky move that could complicate US-led efforts to halt the advance of Islamic State in the Middle East(...)

US president Barack Obama extends his hand to Cuban president Raul Castro at the start of their meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York, September 29th, 2015. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has met Cuban president Raul Castro at the United Nations in New York, marking the first meeting between the leaders of the (...)

Camouflaged Iranian  soldiers march during the annual military parade marking the begging of the 1980 war with Iraq, in Tehran, Iran, 22 September 2015. Iran is marking the start of the eight-year-long war with Iraq. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

The Iraqi military has announced that it had agreed to share intelligence about the Islamic State with Russia, the Syrian government and Iran, an agre(...)