There are fears that jihadist groups such as Islamic Stat now operating in Syria or Iraq will radicalise Saudis to mount a new wave of strikes inside the kingdom

Saudi Arabia has arrested the four main suspects in an attack on Shia Muslims this month and believes it was ordered by Islamic State militants from a(...)

In a crucial effort to rebuild the army, Iraqi military command launches campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who had abandoned their units. Photograph: AP Photo

The Iraqi military command has launched a campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who abandoned their units, a crucial step in its effort to reb(...)

Left behind: Caroline Dwyer and her daughter Aisling in room 457 of Hotel las Americas, in Santa Cruz. Photograph: Julien Behal/Phoenix Films

They wore summer dresses and sandals, and you could at first glance have mistaken them for a mother and daughter off on a girls’ holiday together. But(...)

Palestinians take cover as smoke rises after Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the Al-Shatea refugee camp in the west of Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Israel has expanded its military attacks in Gaza and is now targeting high-rise residential buildings where it says rockets have been launched or stor(...)

 An undated handout photograph provided by GlobalPost oshows American journalist James Foley who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in  Syria. The Islamic State (IS) militia released a video on 20 August 2014 purporting to show the decapitation of Foley. Photograph:  Nicole Tung / Courtesy of Global/EPA 1:10

US president Barack Obama has said the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants “shocked the conscience of the entire w(...)

President Barack Obama makes a statement on the crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine during a visit to the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, US, today. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Barack Obama said he’s directed his national security team to stay in touch with Ukrainian authorities as they respond to the crash of a Mal(...)

Residents gather near the scene of a massacre by gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni last month. Photograph: Joseph Okanga/Reuters

Gunmen killed at least 29 people in raids on two separate areas on the Kenyan coast, the interior ministry said today.The Somali Islamist militant gr(...)

Local residents look at destroyed vehicles at the site of fighting in the eastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. Ukrainian government forces have reclaimed Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists in heavy fighting say they have regained control of a long stretch of the border with Russia. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Ukrainian government forces have reclaimed the port city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists in heavy fighting and say they have regained contro(...)

Belgium’s prime minister Elio Di Rupo (left) and Francophone Socialist party (PS) chairman Paul Magnette leave a meeting with King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Belgium began the process of forming a new government yesterday as outgoing prime minister Elio Di Rupo resigned from cabinet and King Philippe met(...)

A local woman watches armed pro-Russia militia  march towards a polling station during the referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk. Photograph: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

Ukraine has condemned a rebel referendum in eastern regions that its pro-Russian organisers claim gives them the right to split from the country.Accor(...)