Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Kurdish forces launched an operation to retake the town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq on Wednesday after coalition planes pounded Islamic State posit(...)

The ICC has been identified as the one potential source of justice if alleged CIA torturers and their masters are to be called to account. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Politics and the law are uneasy bedfellows, as the International Criminal Court (ICC) found to its cost earlier this month with the unedifying collaps(...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome on Monday, where the Israeli president is due to meet with US secretary of state John Kerry. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before talks on Monday with US secretary of state John Kerry he would defy any UN move to “dictate” (...)

News that the international nuclear talks with Iran are to be extended until next July is welcome. But realistically it will be more difficult to find(...)

North Korea’s ambassador to Russia Kim Hyun-joon with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin after presenting his credentials in Moscow. Mr Putin called for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security. Photograph: EPA

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin called yesterday for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security, a day after holding talks with a pe(...)

File photograph - A UN resolution is urging that North Korea and its leader be held accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. Photograph: REUTERS/KCNA

A UN committee has approved a resolution that urges the examination of the human rights situation in North Korea. The UN General Assembly’s human righ(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with Oman’s foreign minister Yussef bin Alawi as EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif watch before talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme began in Muscat on Sunday.  Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/Reuters

Iran, the United States and the European Union ended two days of high-level talks on Tehran’s nuclear programme today with no immediate sign they had (...)

Kurdish refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani in a refugee camp  the Turkish town of Suruc yesterday. Turkey has warned of  a further wave of refugees. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Syrian forces are committing massacres in and around Syria’s second city, Aleppo, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed yesterday.As US warpl(...)

The Burkina Faso military appointed Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida (left) as provisional head of state on Saturday after longtime president Blaise Compaore stepped down on Friday following two days of mass protests. The African Union and Western powers who want to see a swift return to civilian rule. Photograph: Legnan Koula/EPA.

Burkina Faso’s army will quickly cede power to a transitional government and appoint a new head of state, the country’s interim president Isaac Zida s(...)

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman: “The Swedish government should understand that Middle East relations are more complex than a piece of self-assembled Ikea furniture.” Photograph: Maya Hitij/Reuters

The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine today, the first western European country to do so.Stockholm’s move reflects grow(...)