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(...)

This image made from video released by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office  shows a French army jet taking off from a site in Jordan to strike at Islamic State group targets. Photograph: ECPAD/APTN via AP

France bombed the Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday night, its most aggressive strike against the Islamic State group it blames for killing 129 people in(...)

French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date targeting the Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa. Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date targeting the Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa just two days after the group c(...)

Russian ground staff members check on a Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet at the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria. US fighter aircraft and a Russian fighter aircraft conducted a communications test over south-central Syria to validate safety protocols agreed between the two countries. Photograph: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Reuters

Russia does not see keeping Bashar al-Assad in power as a matter of principle, the country’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The statement suggests (...)

A file photo of the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer. The US navy sailed the vessel within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea as part of a series of ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises. Photograph: John Hageman/US navy via The New York Times

The prospect of escalation in the stand-off between Beijing and Washington over the South China Sea was increased after Beijing said it was prepared t(...)

Afghan special forces arrive for a battle with the Taliban in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Taliban fighters clashed with Afghan government forces near Kunduz airport on Tuesday, a day after the militants seized control of the northern city (...)

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(...)