UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said war crimes had been committed with total impunity on all sides in the Syrian conflict. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria’s civil war, a UN report said yesterday, and its human rights envoy rebuked lea(...)

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(...)

A man walks  debris caused by fighting in the Syrian war in Ain Tarma in the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters.

At least 191,369 people had been killed in Syria’s conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an un(...)

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(...)

Kook, line and sinker: Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in What If

It is sobering to consider that, in its quieter moments, this perfectly serviceable romantic comedy thinks itself to be journeying towards uncharte(...)

he Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere, scientists have said.  Photograph: Getty

The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from aro(...)

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 (...)

German minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen and German minister for foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a press conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Berlin is ready to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the defence and foreign ministers announced yesterday.As the (...)

Palestinians bury the bodies of the wife of Mohammed Deif, Hamas’s military leader, and his infant son Ali, whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike, at a cemetery in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Mohammed Salem

Hundreds of Palestinians turned out yesterday for the funeral of the wife and son of the Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif, who were killed overnight(...)

Members of the International Committee of the Red Cross stand near a storehouse after a Ukrainian convoy delivered humanitarian aid for eastern Ukrainian regions. The number of attacks on aid workers last year set an annual record, at 460. Photograph: Roman Pilpey/EPA

Attacks on international aid workers have risen sharply over the past year and a half, with spikes in the numbers of killings, injuries and abductions(...)