Syrian soldiers guard the Temple of Bel in Palmyra before its capture this week. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

The seizure of the central Iraqi town of Ramadi by the forces of Islamic State raises crucial questions for the government of Iraq and the internation(...)

File photograph of the ancient Palmyra theater in the historical city of Palmyra.   Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central city. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters 1:07

Islamic State (IS) now controls more than half of Syrian territory according to a UK human rights group.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human(...)

A frame grab from an undated video reportedly shows Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden watching TV at his compound in Pakistan. Newly-released documents show bin Laden owned books by Noam Chomsky and Bob Woodward, among others. Photograph: US Department of Defence/AFP/Getty Images

The US government has released a list of English-language texts seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011 showing the al-Qaeda leader(...)

Iraqi fighters of the Shia militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous) at their headquarters in the southern city of Basra. A spokesman for the force said  militias were mobilised but are being held back by political resistance from the US-led coalition. Photograph: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Shia militias were mobilising to battle fighters from the Islamic State (IS) in the Iraqi city of Ramadi yesterday as hundreds of residents remained t(...)

George W Bush (left) with Jeb Bush in 2006. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

It isn’t about what we know now. It’s about what we knew then. It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday,(...)

Children play near the final hideout of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP

The raid on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden and the intelligence leading to the attack have been a source of fasc(...)

Protesters demonstrate against the killing of blogger Ananta Bijoy Das in Bangladesh. Mr Das was hacked to death by masked assailants in the third such killing in the country in less than three months. Photograph:  EPA/STR

A blogger has been hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh, the third killing of a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-maj(...)

Osama bin Laden (left) sits with his adviser Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian linked to the al Qaeda network, during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir  in  November, 2001.  Photograph: Hamid Mir/Editor/Ausaf Newspaper for Daily Dawn/Reuters 1:01

Four years after a US Navy Seal team killed Osama bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, lingering questions remain about the raid and (...)

Armed Yemeni children sit in the back of a lorry with fighters loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Photograph: Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

Yemeni Houthi rebels and their allies yesterday agreed to a five-day humanitarian ceasefire beginning tomorrow as Saudi military aircraft intensifi(...)

Tribesmen gather to show support to fighters of the anti-Houthi Popular Resistance Committee near Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz. Photograph: Reuters

Iranian-allied Houthi fighters in Yemen have accepted a five-day humanitarian ceasefire proposed by their adversary Saudi Arabia but said they would (...)