Mourners chant anti-US and anti-Israeli slogans beside the bier of assassinated Houthi media official Abdul-Karim al-Khiwani in Sana’a. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

US president Barack Obama, in selling his military strategy to beat Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria in September to the American public, held(...)

Smoke rises from a government building in al-Houta, the provincial capital of Yemen’s southern Lahej province.

Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi accused the Iranian-allied Houthi militia on Saturday of staging a coup against him and appealed to the United(...)

‘While Tunisia has been regarded by most observers as the model case of democratic transition in the region, following the turmoil of the 2011 Arab uprisings, it too has experienced significant instability, although not on the scale of its neighbours in the region.’ Tunisians wave banners and their national flag during a demonstration in Midoun, north east of Djerba on March 20th, two days after gunmen attacked the National Bardo Museum. German writting on placard reads: “We don’t want any terrorists in Tunisia.”Photograph: ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Tunisia became the latest country to suffer a violent attack at the hands of militants linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS). (...)

The aftermath of the  suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Sanaa yesterday. More than 100 people were killed in two suicide bomb attacks.  Photograph: Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

In the deadliest attack on civilians in Yemen in recent memory, more than 100 people were killed yesterday when suicide bombers attacked two Zaydi Shi(...)

A US air force MQ-1 Predator drone. The strike, carried out last Thursday as Garar traveled near Diinsoor, Somalia, “dealt another significant blow” to al-Shabab and killed Garar, who is believed to have planned the 2013 attack on the Westgate mall in Kenya, the defence department said.  Photograph: Reuters/US air force

A US drone strike has killed an al Shabab leader linked to the 2013 Kenyan shopping centre massacre in which 67 people were killed.The Pentagon has co(...)

Children playing at a makeshift settlement for Syrian refugees in Bar Elias, in the Bekaa valley. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 215,000 people have been killed since the start of the crisis in 2011, about  half of them civilians. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The four-year-old Syrian conflict has precipitated the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since the second World War. An estimated 200,000-220,000 ha(...)

Syrian opposition leader Khaled Khoja speaks after a meeting in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Since unrest erupted in Syria in mid-March 2011, opposition figures and factions have multiplied and mutated on the political level, making common act(...)

In a separate case, after being arrested while living in Texas disguised as a mute woman, Robert Durst was acquitted of murder in 2001 after convincing a jury that he had fatally shot and dismembered an elderly neighbour in an act of self-defence. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters 1:08

Robert Durst, scion of one of New York’s largest real estate empires, has been arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant issued by Los Angeles Count(...)

Shia fighters from Hashid Shaabi forces walk with their weapons at the front line at the Shia Turkman village of Bashir, 20km south of Kirkuk on Saturday. Kurdish peshmerga forces, backed by Shia militia fighters, have been attacking Islamic State-held towns and villages south and west of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, peshmerga sources said. Photograph: Reuters

There is evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, Kurdish authorities in Iraq said.(...)

Islamic State militants take sledgehammers to an ancient artifact in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Getty 1:36

Two weeks ago, the Islamic State movement released a video that appeared to show members demolishing statues dating back to the 7th century BC in Iraq(...)