Syrians holding portraits of President Bashar al-Assad as they gather in the central city of Homs around the city’s newly renovated clock tower during a ceremony revealing the restored monument. Photograph Getty Images

Prosecution cases have been prepared against president and senior members of his regime for possible war crimes tribunal Smuggled Syrian documents en(...)

Civilians in Aleppo struggle past a  site damaged by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to president Bashar Al-Assad. ‘In some cases, the actions of the Syrian government have amounted to crimes against humanity,’ Amnesty International charged in a new report. Photograph: Reuters/Hosam Katan

Amnesty International has urged the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court and to demand “prompt and (...)

A man holds an injured boy after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and hit a school and a residential building in Seif al-Dawla neighborhood of Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Syrian government forces are targeting civilians in barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo that have forced hospitals and schools to move underground, Amnesty(...)

 Palestinian women walking  between houses which were destroyed during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict in Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Israel fired on seven United Nations schools during the 2014 Gaza war, killing 44 Palestinians who had sought shelter at some sites, while Palestinian(...)

Actress and special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie, speaking at a United Nations Security Council meeting on the Syria conflict. Jolie urged council members to visit refugees in the region. Photograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

The United Nations aid chief has urged the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law, as(...)

President Mahmoud Abbas: Israel collects about €120 million in taxes and customs each month on behalf of the PA and then transfers the sums to Mr Abbas’s West Bank government. Photograph: FADI AROURI/AFP/Getty Images

Israel will today hand over tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority which have been withheld since January as a protest against the Palestinian deci(...)

A vigil this week in Abuja, Nigeria, for the girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from a secondary school in Chibok.  Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been asked to investigate the abduction a year ago of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Islamist militant gro(...)

Destroyed armoured personal carriers in Shyrokino village, near the eastern city of Mariupol, Ukraine. Kiev has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into alleged war crimes in east Ukraine, including the shelling of Mariupol in January. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine wants the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate all alleged recent war crimes in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Ukraine’s foreign min(...)

A man raises his arms after  an alleged  airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the village of Sarmin on Wednesday.Photograph: Reuters

Members of the United Nations Security Council cried when Syrian doctors showed a video of failed attempts to resuscitate three children after a chlo(...)

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech during an opening ceremony of the “Istiqlal” (independence) garden in the West Bank city of Ramallah Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday Israel had released frozen tax revenue to the Authority but that he had ordered the funds(...)