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(...)

 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(...)