Yazidi refugees wait for a chance to board a helicopter sent by the Kurdish autonomous government to Iraq’s Sinjar mountains. Photograph: Adam Ferguson/The New York Times 1:58

More than 100 US marines and special forces landed on Mount Sinjar in Iraq today to organise an escape route for 30,000 Yazidi civilians threatened by(...)

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’(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a statement about the ongoing US military actions and humanitarian drops in northern Iraq at the White House in Washington today. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

US president Barack Obama today said that US airstrikes had destroyed arms that Islamic State militants could have used against Iraqi Kurds, but warne(...)

Revisiting his family’s past: Andrew Kohn with his fathers Leica. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
From Ireland to Auschwitz
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When Andrew Kohn travelled from Dublin to the Czech Republic earlier this year an unexpected reception awaited. A television crew gathered to film (...)

US president Barack Obama addresses the nation from the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington yesterday.  Photograph: Mike Theiler/EPA

The US military conducted two additional air strikes against Islamic State forces near the city of Arbil in northern Iraq this evening, the Pentagon s(...)

Israeli infantry soldiers rest after leaving Gaza. A 72-hour truce went into effect in Gaza on August 5th. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israeli and Palestinian delegations to ceasefire talks in Cairo have agreed in principle to extend the 72-hour truce, which expires tomorrow morning, (...)

Palestinian boys play football at the beach of Gaza City last night. Photograph: EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Israel has conditionally agreed to extend a ceasefire that ended a month of fighting in Gaza beyond a Friday deadline, an Israeli official has said. S(...)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah last month. REUTERS/Alaa Badarneh

Formal talks in Cairo involving a Palestinian umbrella delegation and officials from Egypt’s powerful intelligence agency were held yesterday, in spi(...)

Palestinians examine damaged buildings in Gaza city. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to exact an “intolerable price” from the Gaza Strip’s dominant Hamas Islamists should there (...)

Captured soldier Hadar Goldin: his father said he was sure the Israeli army “will turn over every stone in Gaza to bring back Hadar safe and sound”. Photograph: EPA/HO

The conflict in Gaza intensified yesterday after the capture of an Israeli soldier drew a furious response from Israel and caused the collapse of (...)