Syrian refugee children stand in front of their family residence at Azraq refugee camp near Al Azraq, east of Amman. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighbouring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of aba(...)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said war crimes had been committed with total impunity on all sides in the Syrian conflict. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria’s civil war, a UN report said yesterday, and its human rights envoy rebuked lea(...)

 A man cleans up a room of a damaged house in Horlivka, a town considered a separatist stronghold by the  Ukrainian army. Photograph: Igor Kovalenko/EPA

At least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two cities in eastern Ukraine held by separatist militants, officials said today(...)

Palestinians search for victims under the rubble of a house which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israeli air strike during an Israeli ground offensive east of Khan Younis in  southern Gaza today. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa /Reuters

Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war today with the lifting of a US ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting(...)

The UN Human Rights Council special session held in Geneva yesterday to discuss the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Ireland yesterday joined other European Union countries in abstaining from a United Nations resolution setting up a commission of inquiry into Gaza, c(...)

A doll lies among the rubble of a destroyed building following an airstrike in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

An Israeli ground offensive into Gaza looks increasingly likely this weekend as rocket fire from the Palestinian coastal enclave continues despite r(...)

The Nallur Kandasawmy temple in Jaffna, a major Tamil shrine. Photograph: Tom Farrell

It is a rainy evening as worshippers gather at the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, one of the most important Hindu shrines in Sri Lanka. Located just(...)

United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters.

A mass grave containing some 75 bodies has been found in South Sudan’s Unity State and two other mass graves have been reported in Juba after ethnic (...)

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference on her trip around Sri Lanka at the UN headquarters in Colombo on August 31st, 2013. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

The “appalling situation” in Syria cries out for international action, yet a military response or the continued supply of arms risk igniting a regiona(...)

The damaged interior of the Saint Moussa Church is seen a day after it was burned in sectarian violence following the dispersal of two Cairo sit-ins of supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, in Minya, south of Cairo, yesterday. Photograph: Roger Anis, El Shorouk Newspaper/AP

Churches and Coptic Christian homes and property have come under concerted attack in Egypt since security forces dispersed Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins (...)