Vardan Andreasyan (left, aged 12), and Gevorg Grigoryan (12), who were wounded in   shelling during clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, are  treated at a hospital in Nagorno-Karabakh’s main city of Stepanakert. Photograph: Areg Balayan/Pan Photo/Reuters

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has announced a unilateral ceasefire against the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but the claim was promptly rejec(...)

Graffiti sprayed by Islamic State militants which reads “We remain”  on a stone at the Temple of Bel in the historic city of Palmyra, in Homs Governorate, Syria April 1st, 2016. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian troops have identified 45 bodies so far in a mass grave found in the city of Palmyra after it was recaptured from Islamic State (Isis), a milit(...)

A house  damaged during clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces in the   Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is controlled by separatist Armenians, in a still image taken from video footage. Photograph: Nagorno-Karabakh Military Handout/Reuters TV

A new wave of fighting broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Saturday, killing dozens and drawing international calls for an immediate ceasefire(...)

Chinese People’s Liberation Army: China has ordered its military to end all paid services within the next three years as it seeks to focus on modernising its armed forces and eliminating corruption. Photograph:  How Hwee Young/EPA

In the latest bid to clamp down on corruption in public life, China has ordered the army to end all “paid outside work” in the next three years, refer(...)

A frame grab taken from  video footage made available on Tuesday by the Russian defence ministry shows a Russian SU-34 multidimensional bomber taking off from the Syrian Hmeymim airbase, outside Latakia, Syria. Photograph: EPA/Russian Defence Ministry

At least 26 people were killed east of the Islamic State-held city of Palmyra on Tuesday as Syrian troops backed by Russian air strikes staged attacks(...)

South Korean Marines, wearing blue headbands on their helmets, and US Marines move together during the annual joint military exercise Key Resolve and Foal Eagle by South Korea and the United States in Pohang, South Korea on Monday. Photograph:  Kim Jun-bum/Yonhap via AP

South Korean and US troops began large-scale military exercises on Monday in an annual test of their defences against North Korea, which called the dr(...)

Part of the city of Sansha on the island of Yongxing, also known as Woody Island in the disputed Paracel chain. The  chain has become the flashpoint in an increasingly aggressive territorial dispute between China and Vietnam, while Taiwan also claims the islands. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

China’s People’s Liberation Army has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system on one of the disputed islands in the South China Sea, accordi(...)

Sergei Bainetov (right), deputy chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ flight safety service, and Nikolai Primak, chairman of the Air Accident Investigation Commission, attend a news conference dedicated to the crash of SU-24 fighter-bomber, a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey in November, in Moscow, Russia, December 21st, 2015. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey l(...)

 Afghan National Army soldiers inspect buildings after clashes against security forces at Kandahar Airport. Photograph: AFP

The last of 11 Taliban insurgents who infiltrated Kandahar airport was killed late on Wednesday, more than 24 hours after the attack was launched, the(...)

 British prime minister David Cameron   at RAF Northolt: After visiting Paris where he pledged British support for France, Mr Cameron announced plans to increase spending by £12 billion (€17 billion) to £178 billion (€254 billion) over the next decade as part of his government’s five-year defence and security plan. Photograph: Justin Tallis/WPA Pool/Getty

Britain will boost spending on defence to combat the growing threat from Islamic militants, prime minister David Cameron said on Monday, underlining t(...)