Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur. This is a file potograph of the ancient city. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh last week. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that president Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxiet(...)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media in Jerusalem. Netanyahu said on Wednesday it was not too late for world powers still locked in nuclear negotiations with Iran to demand a “better deal”. Photograph: Debbie Hill/Reuters 1:49

Iranians celebrated in the streets after negotiators reached a framework for a nuclear accord, and US president Barack Obama hailed an “historic under(...)

Hervé Falciani attends a court hearing in San Fernando de Henares, near Madrid, in April 2013, to examine an extradition request to Switzerland. Juan Carlos Hidalgo/AFP/Getty Images

They almost had him.On December 22nd, 2008, Swiss federal police handcuffed 36-year-old Hervé Falciani, a systems specialist they suspected of stealin(...)

Hizbullah supporters  carry the coffin of Jihad  Mughniyeh, son of late Hizbullah leader Imad Mughniyeh in a suburb of Beirut on Monday. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have confirmed that a senior member of their elite forces died in an Israeli attack in Syria in which six fighters of the (...)

Members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas participate in a rally in Gaza City late in December 2014. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

The Hamas group that controls the Gaza Strip on Saturday issued a condemnation of the deadly attacks by Islamist gunmen in France this week, saying th(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry addresses the media after the nuclear talks session with Iran in Vienna. Photograph: AP Photo/Ronald Zak

The longer the international standoff over Iran’s suspect nuclear programme continues, the more dangerous and volatile the situation becomes. All s(...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

Smoke rises after a US-led air strike in the Syrian town of Kobani yesterday
which is in danger of falling to Islamic State fighters. 
Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

“We’ve been swamped by tear gas for the last two nights,” said shopkeeper Hussein Tas. “Around 100 police in two areas came here last night. This is m(...)

Islamic State militants have released a video apparently showing the beheading of UK aid worker Alan Henning. Photograph: PA Wire

Islamic State militants have released a video apparently showing the beheading of UK aid worker Alan Henning.The one-minute, 11-second video, titled “(...)