Yehya Chaker Charkieh (left), the millionth Syrian refugee in Lebanon, speaks to a representative at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, today. Photograph: Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million today, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe cau(...)

A man has a child sitting on his shoulders as people gather on Lenin Square after the end of a referendum in Simferopol, Crimea. More than 90 per cent of Crimeans voted for the Ukrainian region’s accession to Russia, according to an exit poll. Photograph: Hannibal Hannschke/EPA

Crimeans have voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum today that has alarmed the former Soviet republic(...)

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(...)

A file photograph of a US soldier standing near cells  where high risk detainees are kept at Abu Ghraib prison. About 500 inmates, some of them senior al-Qaeda figures escaped the prison today. Photograph: Reuters.

Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al-Qaeda, broke out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free (...)

A police officer inspects the site of a bomb attack at a coffee shop in Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad. Photograph:  Ako Rasheed/Reuters.

A bomb attack on a tea house in the ethnically mixed Iraqi city of Kirkuk has killed at least 31 people, police and medics said.The blast tore through(...)

Civil Defence workers, Hizbullah members, policemen and civilians gather at the site of an explosion in Beirut’s southern suburbs today. Photograph: Issam Kobeisi/Reuters

A car bomb has exploded in a stronghold of the Shia militant Hizbullah group in Beirut wounding dozens in a major security breach of a tightly-guarded(...)

Iraqi security forces at the site of a car bomb attack in Basra, 420km  southeast of Baghdad, today. Photograph: Reuters

At least 45 people were killed in bomb attacks across Iraq today, most of them in busy markets and commercial areas of the capital Baghdad, police and(...)

Lebanese soldiers and Hizbullah supporters are seen gathered in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut . Photograph: Reuters

A Lebanese protester was killed outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut today after gunmen from the Iranian-backed Shia militia Hizbullah opened fire wh(...)

Syrian government troops backed by Hizbullah guerrillas seized the western village of Buwayda today, extinguishing final rebel resistance around the t(...)

Children walk by a machinegun post near election centre in Baghdad today. Photograph: Wissm al-Okili/Reuters

Iraqis cast ballots in regional elections today amid tight security, marking the country’s first vote since the US military withdrawal and a ke(...)