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(...)

 Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi (left) welcomes Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas  to the  Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting in Cairo, Egypt. Photograph: EPA

Arab League foreign ministers agreed yesterday to take all necessary measures to confront Islamic State and co-operate with international, regional an(...)

Two Egyptians workers who fled fighting in Libya arrive at Cairo airport yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohamed Assadi

Egypt should consider the possibility of a military response to the unrest in neighbouring Libya, one of the country’s elder statesmen has argued, pr(...)

Black plumes of smoke rise in the vicinity of Camp Thunderbolt, after clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in Benghazi. At least 36 people were killed in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilian, where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed over the weekend, medical and security sources said. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

At least 36 people were killed in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and ye(...)

 An Israeli artillery unit  fires a shell towards the Gaza Strip from a location in southern Israel. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA 1:34

Israel has tonight agreed to a proposed six-hour cessation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons, a Israeli senior official said(...)

Israeli flares float down over Gaza tonight  in Sderot, Israel. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Egypt is proposing a temporary ceasefire as a first step in ending the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has left more than 175 people dead.The(...)

 Palestinians flee their homes on a horse-drawn carriage and head towards a United Nations school in Gaza City to seek shelter. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Thousands of Palestinians fled to United Nations facilities in the Gaza Strip seeking sanctuary after Israel warned them to leave their homes ahead of(...)

Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. While local polls show Sisi to be the overwhelming popular choice, a recent opinion survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre showed only 54 per cent of Egyptians favoured him. Photograph: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Calm and relaxed ahead of the presidential poll, Cairo is festooned with banners bearing the portrait of candidate Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the presumed (...)