Some of Irish photographer Jean Curran’s photographs drying in a darkroom in Dubai before they were taken to Mazar-e-Sharif to be hand painted by Mohammed Karin, using traditional Afghani techniques. Photograph: Jean Curran

In 2011, Waterford-born photographic artist Jean Curran first began exploring hand-painted portraits in Afghanistan. During her research, she came (...)

Kamal Mohamed in El Príncipe district in Ceuta. He believes extremism is a logical problem in such a marginalised area. Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

Kamal Mohamed’s house is in Ceuta’s most impoverished neighbourhood but its rooftop terrace has an extraordinary view: of two continents. Across the m(...)

A screengrab from a video, titled ‘The Islamic State: A message to the government and people of Japan’ which was posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group. 1:08

Japan has been dragged into the turmoil in the Middle East after Islamic State militants threatened to behead two of its nationals.The threat, issued (...)

John Cantlie in a previous Islamic State video. He has been held captive for more than two years. 2:34

Islamic State has released a video showing hostage John Cantlie claiming the battle for the Syrian town of Kobani is “coming to an end”.The 43-year-ol(...)

A photograph made from a video released today by the jihadist affiliated group Furqan Media via their twitter account allegedly showing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon during Friday prayers at a mosque in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Furqan Media/Reuters

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre (...)

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah announced last week he was withdrawing from the election process, accusing incumbent Hamid Karzai and the country’s chief electoral officer a rival candidate rig the vote. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

Afghanistan’s leadership crisis has deepened after one presidential candidate released audio recordings that he said captured a senior election offici(...)

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be exchanged for jailed jihadists. Image: SITE Monitoring Service via Reuters TV.

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, who could then be exchanged for jailed jih(...)

The Olympic rings sit on 25 ruble  coins, commemorating the upcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The twin suicide bombings in Volgograd have underscored the terror threat Russia faces as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in less than six wee(...)

Israel’s defence minister Ehud Barak (3rd L) stands in front of an Iron Dome anti-missile battery in Tel Aviv. The defence system was today used to intercept a rocket fired at the city of Eilat.  Photograph: Daniel Bar-On/Reuters.

Israel intercepted a rocket over its southern resort city of Eilat early today, blowing it up in mid air near its border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula(...)

A man who was injured in one of yesterday’s suicide bomb attacks  receives treatment at a hospital in Parachinar  in Pakistan’s tribal area on the Afghan border. Photograph: Reuters

The death toll from a pair of coordinated suicide bombs targeting Shia s in a volatile Pakistani town near the Afghan border rose to 52 overnight, off(...)