North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops onto a war footing from 5 pm on Friday after Pyongyang issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters 0:36

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his front-line military units to go on a “semi-war state” on Friday after South Korea said the two countries h(...)

A South Korean military installation is seen at a field training camp in the border county of Yeoncheon. South Korea fired dozens of shells across the border into North Korea in retaliation for an apparent rocket attack, Seoul’s defence ministry said. Photograph: Yonhapyonhap/AFP/Getty

South Korea has fired artillery rounds towards North Korea after its neighbour fired a projectile towards a South Korean loudspeaker that had been bla(...)

Far-right activist Meir Ettinger attends a remand hearing at the Magistrates Court in Nazareth. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israel jailed a suspected Jewish militant without trial on Tuesday, the first application of the controversial measure against a citizen in a governme(...)

Yoga enthusiasts gathering in large numbers to take part in a mass yoga session on the first International Day of Yoga in New Delhi. Photograph: Indian Ministry of Defence/EPA 1:11

Millions of yoga enthusiasts across the world have bent and twisted their bodies into complex postures to mark International Yoga Day. Indian prime mi(...)

A Yemeni fighter of the separatist Southern Movement, loyal to the government forces, in Aden’s northern district of Dar Saad on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The United States is accelerating arms supplies and bolstering intelligence sharing with a Saudi-led alliance bombing a militia aligned with Iran in n(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he ordered officials to start work on taking control of Crimea weeks before a referendum which – the Kremlin has asserted until now – prompted the region’s annexation from Ukraine. Photograph: EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he ordered officials to start work on taking control of Crimea weeks before a referendum which – the Kremli(...)

Residents stand near a smouldering remains of a bus targeted in a suicide attack in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum, on February 24th, 2015. Photograph: AMINU ABUBAKAR/AFP/Getty Images

Suicide bombers struck two bus stations in different parts of northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people in attacks president Goodluck Jo(...)

Tunisian president Mohamed Moncef Mouzouki casts his ballot paper before the media  at a polling station in Sousse, on Sunday as the country votes in a presidential run-off election. Photograph: EPA

Tunisians voted on Sunday in a presidential run-off election that completes the country’s transition to full democracy nearly four years after an upri(...)

Smoke rises near the traffic control tower of the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport damaged by shelling during fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, today. Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Nato has said it saw columns of Russian troops and military equipment entering Ukraine this week, supporting allegations by Kiev that the nation’s eas(...)

Rachel Daniel (35) holds up a picture of her abducted daughter Rose Daniel (17) as her son Bukar (7) sits beside her at her home in Maiduguri. Nigeria’s government has reached a deal with Islamic militant group Boko Haram for a cease-fire and the release of around 200 girls kidnapped six months ago from a school in the northeast town of Chibok.  Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

Nigeria has said it has agreed a truce with Islamist militants Boko Haram and reached a deal for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by(...)