Mohammed Chouaib, from the UN-recognised government in  Tobruk (left) and Dr Saleh Almkhozom,  of the Libyan General National Congress, celebrate after signing a UN-sponsored deal. Photograph: EPA

A group of Libyan politicians have signed a United Nations-sponsored peace deal that nominally unifies the country’s two rival governments, despite be(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry at meeting on Libya in Rome: Western capitals fear that unless Libya forms a united government Islamic State will strengthen grip on new coastal territory. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Global powers on Sunday backed the formation of a national unity government in Libya, pledging economic and security support to help stabilise the cha(...)

A man holds a picture of General Khalifa Haftar during a demonstration in support of the Libyan army under the leadership of General Khalifa in Benghazi, Libya on November 6th, 2015. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

At least 16 people have been killed in heavy fighting in the Libyan city of Benghazi between forces allied with the official government and Islamic(...)

A protest in Libya against   a national unity government proposed  by the UN:  The country  is in the grip of a war between its internationally-recognised government   on one side   and an unofficial self-styled government controlling Tripoli. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

Libya’s internationally-recognised parliament has decided to reject a United Nations proposal for a unity government, legislators have said, in a blow(...)

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(...)

 Hand of friendship: South African president Jacob Zuma with Chinese president Xi Jinping on a recent visit to  Beijing. Photograph: EPA/Lintao Zhang/Pool

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party appears intent on adopting a pro-Chinese anti-western approach to its foreign policy in the year(...)

London skyline: property in the city is among the most expensive in the world. Strong property law and looser restrictions on foreign buyers than some other international locations make it an attractive place to bury cash in assets that will hold their value. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA

Britain on Tuesday said it would clamp down on the use of “dirty money” to buy up expensive properties, promising to expose the owners of anonymous fo(...)

Matthew VanDyke: busy sending US military veterans to train Iraqis on the other side of the fight

The last time Matthew VanDyke saw US journalist James Foley, they were running through war-torn Aleppo in Syria avoiding snipers. Foley became the mo(...)

UN special envoy Bernardino Leon. Libya’s official parliament  has rejected Mr Leon’s proposal for a unity government as part of efforts to end the country’s power struggle. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Libya’s elected parliament rejected a UN draft proposal to form a unity government and has withdrawn from talks aimed at ending the country’s cripplin(...)

File photograph of the ancient Palmyra theater in the historical city of Palmyra.   Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central city. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Islamic State (IS) now controls more than half of Syrian territory according to a UK human rights group.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human(...)