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(...)

Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi (61) of Argentina – first female president of the International Criminal Court

It is symptomatic of the low profile kept by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that even what might be regarded as a landmark event and a positiv(...)

Ahed Bakr, the father of a Palestinian victim of an Israeli military strike on a beach in Gaza that also killed three of his relatives during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, visits with members of his family the graves of their loved-ones in Gaza City on March 31st. As Palestinians joined the International Criminal Court  with the goal of trying Israeli leaders for alleged war crimes, Mr Bakr went to a Gaza committee for Human Rights to file a complaint against Israel over the strike that killed his son, grandson and nephews. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, a move deeply opposed by Israel, vowing to hand over suspects to The H(...)

A file image of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Photograph:  Reuters

The Palestinian Authority has become a member of the international criminal court and is marking the momentous occasion with a low-key ceremony at (...)

Then US senator Barack Obama   greets his grandmother Sarah Obama, at her rural home in Siaya, Kisumu,  Kenya, 365km from Nairobi,  on August 26th,  2006.  Mr Obama is to pay his first visit to Kenya this summer since he was elected president of the United States. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

For years, Kenya has been a political headache for US president Barack Obama and a geopolitical headache for his country. But now in his seventh year (...)