Iranian parliament members congratulate foreign minister Mohammad Javad  Zarif (2-L) in Tehran on Sunday after  international sanctions against Iran were lifted. Photograph: EPA

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on Sunday hailed the nuclear deal with world powers, implemented late the previous evening, as a “golden page” in the(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by the US Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner as he steps from his plane upon arriving in Vienna on Saturday on what is expected to be “implementation day,” the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

International sanctions on Iran will be lifted on Saturday when the United Nations nuclear agency declares Tehran has complied with an agreement to sc(...)

Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulances evacuate fighters and civilians from the two besieged Shia towns of al-Foua and Kefraya in the mainly rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib. Photograph: Reuters

Buses evacuated several hundred fighters and civilians from two besieged areas in Syria on Monday under a deal between warring parties backed by the U(...)

Syrian children carry placards as they call for the lifting of the siege off Madaya and Zabadani towns in Syria, in front of the offices of the UN headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Ambulances and buses entered the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Zadabani on Monday to ferry scores of the insurgents to Turkey under a deal broker(...)

Militants of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS or IS) have blown up Palmyra’s ancient Arch of Triumph. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria’s antiquities chief sai(...)

An aerial view of the Masjid al-Haram holy mosque and the Kaaba at its centre, Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: EPA

Iran’s supreme leader has said Saudi Arabia should apologise for a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca that killed 769 worshippers performing (...)

Muslim pilgrims moving toward the Jamarat stations to symbolically stone the devil in Mina, Mecca. More than 700 people were killed in a crush at a crossroads. Photograph: Amel Pain/EPA

Iran has vowed to take international legal action against Saudi Arabia’s rulers over the crush of Muslim pilgrims at this year’s hajj, which killed(...)

The truck bombing has been claimed by the Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded on Thursday in a blast claimed by Islamic State in Baghdad‘s Sadr City, police and medical sources sai(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

Anti-Houthi fighters of the Southern Popular Resistance fire from a tank in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Friday. Photograph: Reuters.

Heavy fighting erupted in southern Yemen near Aden airport on Friday when a Sunni Muslim militia attacked Shi’ite Houthi rebels in a push to drive Ho(...)