Former UN Envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, speaking to reporters during a news conference in Sana’a, Yemen.  The Moroccan diplomat had expressed an interest in moving on to another assignment after four years of work on Yemen, the UN said. Photograph: Wadia Mohammed/EPA

The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, resigned on Wednesday, according his official Facebook page, signalling the failure of UN efforts to(...)

Members of the anti-war women’s group Code Pink wave placards as they interrupt a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Kerry still confident of Iran deal
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  • April 15, 2015, 11:30

US secretary of state John Kerry has said he is still confident of a nuclear deal with Iran after president Barack Obama agreed to sign legislation gi(...)

A file screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images  1:41

Boko Haram Islamic militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since the start of last year, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fight(...)

People load an aircraft with emergency aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross at Liege airport in Belgium prior to its departure to Yemen. Photograph: Sophie Kip/AFP/Getty Images.

The first two planeloads of medical aid for Yemen landed in Sana’a on Friday after weeks of conflict which have displaced 100,000 people and create(...)

 South Yemenis stand on a tank used by militiamen loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, following clashes with Houthi fighters in the  port city of Aden on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

As the US expedited arms deliveries to the Saudi-led coalition, the UN warned the situation in Yemen could become “catastrophic”. Trond Jensen, head o(...)

A Yemeni fighter of the separatist Southern Movement, loyal to the government forces, in Aden’s northern district of Dar Saad on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The United States is accelerating arms supplies and bolstering intelligence sharing with a Saudi-led alliance bombing a militia aligned with Iran in n(...)

Palestinians protest outside the Palestinian Liberation Organisation headquarters in Ramallah, the West Bank, during a rally  in solidarity with  Palestinians living in Syria’s besieged Yarmouk camp. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Relief officials at the UN have expressed growing alarm about the deepening humanitarian disaster in Syria’s Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, which (...)

Judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi (61) of Argentina – first female president of the International Criminal Court

It is symptomatic of the low profile kept by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that even what might be regarded as a landmark event and a positiv(...)

An important breakthrough

Although the devil is in the detail – to be finalised by June 30th – and the final few paragraphs of international agreements are often the most diffi(...)

Iranian foreign minister Mohamad Javad Zarif greets his supporters as he arrives from Lausanne, Switzerland to Mehr-Abad airport in Tehran. Iran and six world powers have agreed on the key points of a deal over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme. Iranians are so happy by hearing that world powers are ready to lift the sanctions against the country. Photograph: Borna Qasemi/EPA

Sanctions Iran wanted immediate removal of all UN sanctions and relief from the American and European economic and financial curbs that have throttled(...)