Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko aims a rifle during his visit to a demonstration of new weapons for the Ukrainian armed forces at a military base outside Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A Ukrainian push to dislodge pro-Russian rebels from the site of the downed Malaysian airliner further complicated plans for an investigation today a(...)

More and more Syrian rebels are defecting to join the ultra-hardline Islamic State insurgency, said UN human rights investigators. A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Isis) waves an their flag in Raqqa in June. File.  Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

More and more Syrian rebels are defecting to join the ultra-hardline Islamic State insurgency, said UN human rights investigators yesterday, in what t(...)

Ireland has condemned the firing of missiles by Hamas and the ‘very high and unacceptable’ levels of civilian casualties by Israel at the an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights council in Geneva today. Photograph: EPA/Martial Trezzini

Ireland has condemned the firing of missiles by Hamas and the “very high and unacceptable” levels of civilian casualties by Israeli military attacks a(...)

Forensic experts from the Netherlands check bodybags holding the remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine, before their transfer by train froim Torez to Kharkiv. The bodies of Dutch victims are to arrive in Eindhoven by military transport aircraft on Wednesday. Photograpgh: Robert Ghement/ EPA

As the remains of those killed on Flight MH17 arrive back in the Netherlands on Wednesday, the Dutch public prosecutor has begun a preliminary investi(...)

Israeli tanks manoeuvre outside the northern Gaza Strip. The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon is on his way to the Middle East today to help end the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon is on his way to the Middle East today to help end the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. At an e(...)

A pro-Russian separatist stands at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine yesterday. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

The United States has piled pressure on Russia to stop its alleged support for Ukraine’s separatists and to allow a full international investigation i(...)

US president Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The US has said that it could not rule out Moscow having a role in helping separatists launch the missile that brought down a Malaysia Airlines jet o(...)

The site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash  at the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of UKraine today. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has expressed his shock by reports a Malaysia Airlines plane had gone down over Ukraine and said he was launching(...)

Israeli flares float down over Gaza tonight  in Sderot, Israel. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Egypt is proposing a temporary ceasefire as a first step in ending the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has left more than 175 people dead.The(...)

A Protester argues with Palestinian riot police during a protest against security coordination between Palestinian authority and Israel in the West Bank city of Ramallah today. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters.

Israel’s army said today it had detained another 37 Palestinians as it searched for three missing teenagers and extended a crackdown on the Hamas Isl(...)