Syrians gather at the site following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on Thursday. Photograph: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition forces in northern Syria say they are losing their grip on Aleppo as Russian bombardment and advances by pro-Assad militias come close to(...)

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was told to ‘step aside’ by US president Barack Obama in 2011. Photograph: EPA

The Syrian crisis might have been resolved in 2011 if US president Barack Obama had not declared on August 18th that year that his Syrian counterpart (...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

An Armenian Orthodox woman prays at the Syrian Saint Sarkis Church during Christmas celebrations on January 6, 2016 in Damascus. AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA

Genocide is a specific legal term. If something is classified as genocide, it imposes a responsibility to act on both individual states and the intern(...)

A Somali soldier looks at the Lido beach in Mogadishu following an overnight attack on a beachfront restaurant. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

At least 17 people were killed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu when five Islamist gunmen set off bombs and stormed a popular beachfront restaurant (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry   with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Asked if he was concerned that a delay might lead to a loss of momentum, Mr Kerry  said: “There is not going to be a fundamental delay.” Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP/Getty Images

Talks to end Syria’s civil war may be slightly delayed but are expected to go ahead next week, US secretary of state John Kerry said yesterday. They (...)

 Ambulance workers  near the Lido beach, where gunmen have  opened fire in a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photograph: Said Yusuf Warsame/EPA

Islamist gunmen stormed a popular beachside restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, setting off two car bombs and battling government (...)

Vehicles on fire outside the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso during a siege by Islamist gunmen. Photograph: Reuters

Security forces in Burkina Faso retook a hotel in the capital on Saturday a day after al-Qaeda fighters seized it in an assault that killed two dozen (...)

The scene of an attack on a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photograph: AP Television

Armed men stormed a hotel in the west African city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, last night, taking hostages and burning vehicles in what appears to b(...)

UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura (left) and Iran’s deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian arrive for a meeting in Tehran. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has wound up a regional tour with assurances from both Iran and Saudi Arabia that regional tensions will not affect their(...)