Ukrainian servicemen fire their weapons during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in Pesky village, near Donetsk on Wednesday. Photograph: Oleksandr Klymenko/Reuters

A bus in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been hit by a mortar or shell, leaving between six and 13 people dead.The attack came as Ukrainian governme(...)

Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay giving  an interview  in her office in Geneva earlier this month. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay last night rebuked the UN security council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined nati(...)

A victim of Syria’s military barrel bombs is watched over by her uncle at a hospital in Kilis in Turkey. Weeks of aerial bombardment have nearly emptied entire neighbourhoods in Aleppo. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Damascus said yesterday it is prepared to co-operate with a United Nations call for humanitarian access as long as Syria’s sovereignty is respected(...)