A passenger gives in his belt as he undergoes a security check at Frankfurt Airport. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Passengers using airports that offer direct flights to the US may be forced to switch on their mobile phones and other electronic devices to prove to (...)

Iraqi security forces pull down a flag belonging to Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Photograph: Reuters

An extremist group’s declaration of an Islamic state in territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria is a threat to the entire region, Iraq’s prime minis(...)

Sunni militants in Tikrit, northern Iraq. The extent of the Iraqi army’s defeat at the hands of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) became clear 
on Wednesday (11JUNE)
yesterday when officials in Baghdad conceded that insurgents had stripped the main army base in the northern city of Mosul of weapons, released hundreds of prisoners from the city’s jails and may have seized up to $480
million in banknotes from the city’s banks.

Iraq is facing its gravest test since the US-led invasion more than a decade ago, after its army capitulated to Islamist insurgents who have seized f(...)

A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard as families fleeing violence in Mosul wait at a checkpoint. Photograph: Reuters

  Islamic extremists have grabbed control of much of Mosul in northern Iraq after troops abandoned their posts and government buildings, i(...)

Militants who stormed a university in Iraq’s restive Anbar province and took students hostages have withdrawn. The attack took place early this mornin(...)

Ubiquitous campaign posters prior to Iraq’s parliamentary elections in Sulaimaniya, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Voters go to the polls today in Iraq’s first nationwide election since the withdrawal of US forces at the end of 2011. Photograph: Yahya Ahmad/Reuters

Snipers line the rooftops across Fallujah, waiting for a chance to shoot at government soldiers, should they try to invade. Homes have been wir(...)

Dutch police said today they were questioning a 14-year-old girl in connection with an apparent threat she sent to American Airlines via Twitter over the weekend. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Dutch police said today they were questioning a 14-year-old girl in connection with an apparent threat she sent to American Airlines via Twitte(...)

US president Barack Obama with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, as secretary of state John Kerry looks on, after their arrival in Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia, yesterday.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal demo(...)

Mother Pelagia Sayyaf arrives in Damascus yesterday after her release.

Thirteen Greek Orthodox nuns and their three maids, held in captivity for more than three months by a Syrian rebel group affiliated to al-Qaeda(...)

An Iraqi soldier uses a binoculars at a checkpoint in Ein Tamarm, a town some 40 km west of Kerbala. Families fled violence in the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi with many arriving in the predominantly Shi’ite town of Kerbala, 86 km  south of Falluja. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters

Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and rebel groups including al-Qaeda was reported near Falluja yesterday, 24 hours after the United States agreed (...)