A Red Crescent aid worker inspects scattered medical supplies after an airstrike on a medical depot in the rebel-held Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria on April 30th, 2016. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

The United States is working on “specific initiatives” to reduce the violence in Syria and sees stopping the bloodshed in Aleppo as a top priority, a(...)

Syrians evacuate the area following an air strike on the rebel-held eastern Bab al-Nayrab neighbourhod of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Photograph:  Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Strikes by the Syrian air force yesterday killed 19 people in opposition-held districts of Aleppo following Monday’s bombardments by insurgents that (...)

 Leonardo DiCaprio is applauded by François Hollande and Ban Ki-moon at the UN. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

Representatives from 175 of the 196 countries that concluded the Paris agreement to fight climate change last December gathered at UN headquarters in(...)

President Barack Obama bows as he is greeted by Japan’s Emperor Akihito during  a previous visit to Tokyo in 2009. He will be in Japan next month for a G7 summit

After less than a year in office, US president Barack Obama famously bagged a Nobel Peace Prize for a thin pledge to build a world without nuclear wea(...)

Destruction from a powerful 7.8-magnitude quake in Manta, Ecuador. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The death toll from Ecuador’s biggest earthquake in decades rose to 350 on Monday as traumatised survivors rested amid the rubble of their homes and r(...)

Israeli soldiers pray close to the border between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights. File photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday that Israel would never relinquish the Golan Heights, in a signal to Russia and the Unite(...)

 Afghan security personnel standing guard on an armoured vehicle at a checkpoint in Ghazni. Photograph:  Rahmatullah Alizadah/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive on Tuesday, pledging to drive Afghanistan’s Western-backed government from power. The anno(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (centre left) puts his arm around Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida after they and fellow G7 foreign ministers laid wreaths at the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Hiroshima. Photogaph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US secretary of state has John Kerry visited the Hiroshima memorial, delivering a message of peace and hope for a nuclear-free world seven decades aft(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani speaks during a conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Massoud Hossaini/Reuters

At least two explosions have hit the diplomatic zone of Kabul, shortly after visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry left following meetings with Af(...)

Adnan Khashoggi: Saudi billionaire negotiated billions of dollars in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in the 1970s and played “a central role for the US government” with CIA operatives in selling guns to Iran, according to a 1992 US Senate report co-written by then-Senator John Kerry, now the US secretary of state. Photograph: Getty Images

One day during his presidential re-election campaign in September 1996, Bill Clinton walked into a room in Westin Crown Center hotel in Kansas City. A(...)