Protesters stand in front of a placard reading ‘1,000 lashes and 10 years of prison for a blogger’ and ‘Freedom of speech is a human right’ which they placed in front of the Saudi-Arabian embassy in Berlin. Photograph: Paul Zinken/EPA

A Saudi court has upheld a sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail on blogger Raif Badawi even after the case drew international condemnation an(...)

 South Yemenis stand on a tank used by militiamen loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, following clashes with Houthi fighters in the  port city of Aden on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

As the US expedited arms deliveries to the Saudi-led coalition, the UN warned the situation in Yemen could become “catastrophic”. Trond Jensen, head o(...)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (right) receiving Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (left), in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Arab leaders started the annual summit conference in the Egyptian Red Sea resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh, with several of the countries in the grip of chaos. Arab leaders are expected to discuss a draft resolution to set up a pan Arab military force to intervene in regional crises. Photograph: Egyptian presidency/EPA

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told an Arab League summit on Saturday that Cairo backed calls for a unified Arab force to confront regional se(...)

The Swedish government has cancelled an arms contract with Saudi Arabia worth €37 million last year and €500 million since 2011, because of a dispute (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: he urged the European Parliament to expedite the directive through the parliamentary process. The proposal, which was published  almost three years ago, has met resistance in the parliament due to concerns over data privacy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

EU foreign ministers pledged to intensify efforts to combat terrorism at EU level and increase engagement with the Muslim world, as the EU held its (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan will meet EU counterparts in Brussels  for a scheduled meeting of foreign ministers that is expected to be dominated by the issue of counter-terrorism. Photogragh: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan will meet EU counterparts in Brussels today for a scheduled meeting of foreign ministers that is expe(...)

 A Syrian refugee man walks after crossing the border to Turkey during fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish YPG fighters near Kobane, Syria, at Suruc district in Turkey today. Photograph: EPA

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibi(...)

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State, near Mosul in Iraq yesterday. Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah

Twenty-six countries, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and 10 Arab states, as well as representatives of the Arab Leagu(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry looks over papers while flying from Jordan to Iraq today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry today endorsed Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s plans to mend Baghdad’s relations with Sunnis and Kurds, and s(...)

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter uses a pair of binoculars to look at tanks shelling Islamic State positions at the Khazir front line leading to Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

The Arab League has agreed to combat extremists such as the Islamic State group as one of its suicide bombers killed 16 people at a meeting of Sunni t(...)