Members of al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front prepare to fire a mortar towards forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in al-Mallah farms, north of Aleppo, last month. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch was left reeling on Friday after its military chief was killed in an apparent army air strike, adding to confusion over the f(...)

 Mayeli Hernandez who was forced to leave    Honduras as a 12-year-old due to increasing violence. Amnesty International governments paid lip-service to protecting civilians last year while “failing miserably”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty

Last year was “devastating” for human rights across the world and the United Nations did too little to protect them, according to Amnesty Internation(...)

A Palestinian girl  carries her sister during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip calling for reconstruction of houses. Some 150,000 Gazans remain homeless. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has called a meeting for early next month to discuss the future of the cash-strapped Palestinian government and(...)

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army’s Al Rahman legion covers his ears during the launching of a mortar at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus. Photograph: Yousef Homs/Reuters.

United Nations war crimes investigators plan to publish names of suspects involved in Syria’s four-year war and push for new ways to bring them to ju(...)

Iraq briefed the UN Security Council on the overall situation in Iraq and accused the Islamic State group of ‘crimes of genocide’. File photograph: Reuters

Iraq has urged the United Nations to look at allegations that Islamic State (IS) extremists are using organ harvesting as a way to finance its acti(...)

François Hollande. He telephoned Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to “renew the expression of his solidarity”

France’s defence minister signed a €5.2-billion arms deal with Egypt on Monday, hours after the Egyptian air force bombarded Islamic State targets in(...)

Neighbours and friends of the relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya attend Mass in south Cairo. A banner with pictures of the men who were killed is displayed on the church wall. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

The raids by the Egyptian air force on Islamic State (IS) camps and arsenals is an escalation in Cairo’s 20-month campaign against the cult. The st(...)

Children drink water on a street in Sanaa, Yemen, on Saturday. As combat intensified between the Houthi rebels controlling the capital and al-Qaeda fighters, the UN Security Council  urged the Houthis to quit government institutions. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Forces loyal to Yemen’s president said they had seized strategic buildings in the southern city of Aden on Monday after a five-hour battle, escalating(...)

A Pro-Russian separist stands on a tank near eastern Ukrainian city of Yenakievo on Saturday. Fighting has raged on in Ukraine, throwing doubts on a ceasefire deal due to take effect at midnight. Photograph: AFP

Ferocious fighting raged in Ukraine on Saturday as Kiev and the US accused Russia of fuelling a rebel onslaught to grab territory in the hours before (...)

Miners dig for diamons in Zimbabwe. As a compact, stable, and transferable store of value, diamonds offer enormous advantages to smugglers, money launderers, and tax evaders. 2:03

In the spring of 2005, Erez Daleyot, a Belgian-Israeli diamond tycoon with some dubious connections, paid a visit to his Swiss bankers at HSBC Private(...)