The cockpit wreckage of Flight MH17: on December 15th, Putin signed a  law allowing the Constitutional Court in Moscow to overrule  decisions of international courts where they contradict the principle of supremacy of the Russian constitution. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

With the findings of the criminal investigation into the Flight MH17 disaster due in mid-year, it’s instructive to see Russia’s president Vladimir Put(...)

Damage at the scene of an explosion at a police training centre in Zliten, Libya, on Thursday morning: about 400 recruits were gathering when the bomb was detonated. Photograph: Reuters

At least 47 people were killed on Thursday when Libya’s worst bomb attack since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi hit a police training centre as hundreds o(...)

Screen grab  from a user generated content video uploaded on social networks on January 5th, 2016 said to show a petroleum storage tank burning at Al-Sidra oil terminal, near Ras Lanuf in the so-called “oil crescent” along Libya’s northern coast. Photograph: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Three days of Islamic State (Isis) attacks on Libya’s biggest oil terminals have started fires that have spread to five massive oil storage tanks, a g(...)

Libyan president Muammar Gadafy with the former South African president Nelson Mandela at the launch of the African Union (AU) in Durban, South Africa in 2002. Photograph: AP

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has strongly denied trying to halt compensation to the victims of Libya-sponsored IRA attacks. Muammar Gada(...)

 Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Western powers want his removal from office as part of a Syrian peace deal. Photograph: EPA/Syrian Arab News Agency

“Assad must go,” is the constant refrain from US president Barack Obama, French president François Hollande, British prime minister David Cameron and (...)

Western leaders now say  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP Photo

German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must be involved in peace talks – the latest evidence that key we(...)

 Acting Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster holds a press conference at Stormont on September 21st, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The British government must be “pushed” into making compensation available for the victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism, MLAs have been told. Act(...)

Libyan supporters and troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a retired general and former chief of staff under Muammar Gadafy, on an armoured personnel carrier during a demonstration calling on the international community to arm the Libyan army on August 14th, 2015 in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Photograph: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images

At least 42 people have been killed in clashes between the local incarnation of Islamic State, a rival Islamist group and forces loyal to the official(...)

Saif Al-Islam, son of Muammar Gaddafi, greets supporters in Tripoli in this August 23rd, 2011 file photo. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Files/Reuters.

A Libyan court passed a death sentence in absentia on Muammar Gadafy’s most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, on Tuesday for suppressing peaceful protests(...)

Migrants protect themselves with emergency blankets against  a sudden rainstorm  on the sea wall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing between  Italy and France on Sunday,  June 14th. Photograph:  Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters

With 100 Africans sleeping on rocks overlooking the Italian coast after being turned back at the French border, Rome and Paris argued yesterday over (...)