Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

An Israeli soldier stands beside a mobile artillery unit near the town of Katzrin in the Golan Heights. Israel launched air strikes today against Syrian military sites in response to a roadside bombing that wounded four of its soldiers. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters.

Israel has today launched air strikes against Syrian military sites in response to a roadside bombing that wounded four of its soldiers, but (...)

Masked Sunni gunmen take up position in Fallujah city, western Iraq. The Iraqi army has started a large-scale campaign to expel militants linked to al-Qaeda from an area in the volatile western province of Anbar. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Jalil
Baghdad bomb attack kills 9

A car bomb exploded outside a bus terminal in central Baghdad today, killing at least nine people and wounding 16, police and medics said.No group im(...)

Iraqi soldiers man  a checkpoint in western Baghdad yesterday, Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

A suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded 36 in Baghdad today, officials said, in an attack on men volunteering to join the governmen(...)

Shi’ite pilgrims gather between the Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas shrines during the religious festival of Ashura. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters.

At least 19 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Iraqi police and pilgrims today, just before the end of a Shi’ite Muslim religious festival.(...)

An unidentified attacker shot dead Iranian deputy industries minister Safdar Rahmat Abadi in Tehran yesterday evening. Foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran.  Photograph: Reuters.

An unidentified attacker shot dead Iranian deputy industries minister Safdar Rahmat Abadi in Tehran yesterdayevening, the state news agency IRNA repor(...)

Residents prepare to transport the coffin of a victim who was killed during bombings in Baghdad this week. Photograph: Ahmed Malik/Reuters

An al-Qaeda affiliate has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in Baghdad and other areas of Iraq in retaliation for the execution of Sunni(...)

Baquba residents pass by a damaged vehicle a day after a bomb attack yesterday. Photograph: Mohammed Adnan/Reuters

At least 23 people were killed in eight attacks across Iraq yesterday, including five soldiers who were shot dead by gunmen who then burned their bodi(...)

A supporter of Hezbollah gestures as he stands at the site of a car bombing in  the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group today. Photograph: Hasan Shaaban/Reuters

A powerful car bomb struck the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group today, killing 20 people, wounding 120 and trapping ma(...)

More than 1,000 people were killed in violence in Iraq in May, making it the deadliest month since the sectarian slaughter of 2006-07, the United Nati(...)