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 “(...)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, walk in Bajed Kadal refugee camp south west of Dohuk province. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Tribal leaders and clerics from Iraq’s Sunni heartland have offered their conditional backing for a new government that hopes to contain sectarian blo(...)

Palestinian men flee from a home in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

The conflict in Gaza escalated dramatically yesterday when 62 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed after Israeli tanks and troops entered a crowde(...)

Rockets are aunched from the coastal strip into Israel by militants of Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of Hamas movement in Gaza yesterday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber

Rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon today, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces, Lebanese security officials and the (...)

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is at risk of attack because it facilitates the stopover of US military aircraft at Shannon airport, Independent TD Clare Daly has claimed. S(...)

A damaged church in Maaloula village, northeast of Damascus in Syria. The recapturing of Maaloula and Yabroud – both areas with large Christian populations close to the Lebanese border – was crucial in preventing opposition forces from moving weapons and supplies between Syria and Lebanon. Photograph: AP Photo/SANA

Sari was driving through the Ghouta region east of Damascus last year delivering car parts to a customer when his car was stopped by several armed (...)

Israeli soldiers look at maps on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra today following the killing of an Israeli teenager and the wounding of three men, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

An attack from inside Syria today killed a 13-year-old Israeli boy on the occupied Golan Heights, the first fatality on Israel’s side of the frontier (...)

Irish peackeepers in Lebanon: “The region has stabilised but it can still kick off; all it takes is one little incident.

The 10km drive from the headquarters of the joint Finnish-Irish battalion headquarters near At-tiri in South Lebanon to the Irish outpost, UNP 6-52, (...)

Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, has a strategic position linking the country’s main north-south axis with the route to the government’s strongholds on the Mediterranean coast. Photograph: EPA

Syrian forces took full control today over Homs, a city once associated with scenes of joyous pro-democracy crowds but now famed for images of ruin t(...)