Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern Iraq . Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Iraqi Shia militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque today, killing dozens of people just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-com(...)

Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay giving  an interview  in her office in Geneva earlier this month. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay last night rebuked the UN security council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined nati(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: “He is like a ferocious wolf pretending to be a benevolent sheep,” said North Korea’s National Defence Commission. Photograph: EPA/Jason Reed

North Korea’s powerful National Defence Commission launched a remarkable tirade against US secretary of state John Kerry yesterday, describing him as (...)

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul in a video recording posted online on  July 5th.  Photograph: Reuters

When American forces raided a home near Fallujah during the turbulent 2004 offensive against the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, they got the hard-core milita(...)

Long road to justice

The conviction and sentencing in Phnom Penh on Thursday of leaders of the Khmer Rouge to life terms for crimes against humanity will bring only a part(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: retaliation for sanctions “should be done very carefully in order to support domestic producers but not hurt consumers”. Photograph: AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin ordered his government to draw up retaliatory measures as a riposte to western sanctions amid signs Moscow was consi(...)

Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki said today after meeting prosecutors at the International Criminal Court that there was “clear evidence” that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza.  Photograph: EPA

Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki said today after meeting prosecutors at the International Criminal Court that there was “clear evidence” (...)

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(...)