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Libya’s elected parliament rejected a UN draft proposal to form a unity government and has withdrawn from talks aimed at ending the country’s cripplin(...)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 1:07

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(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers  in Brussels. The bloc has agreed a naval mission targeting people smugglers in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The EU has agreed a naval mission in the Mediterranean to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya, but parts of a broader plan to deal with the inf(...)

EU leaders at an emergency summit on the migration crisis on the Mediterranean.   Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hun(...)

The scene outside the Spanish embassy in Tripoli early on Tuesday morning. Photograph: @alwasatengnews

A bomb exploded in front of the Spanish embassy in the Libyan capital late on Monday, residents said, the latest in a string of attacks on foreign mi(...)

Libyan prime minister Abdullah al-Thinni. At least four people were killed and more than 20 wounded by a suicide bomb attack on a security checkpoint east of the Libyan city of Misrata.   Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

At least four people were killed and more than 20 wounded by a suicide bomb attack on a security checkpoint east of the Libyan city of Misrata, a loca(...)

Former South African president  Nelson Mandela: the  sequel is based on a little known manuscript Mandela wrote by hand but never completed, chronicling his time as the country’s first black president. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

“I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest(...)