Watchtower: A UN peacekeeper on an observation tower on the Golan Heights. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

Undof is the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. Since September 2013 Ireland’s Defence Forces have provided Undof with a quick-reaction f(...)

A Houthi gunman in Yemen. The UN has launched an appeal for almost €255 million in aid for those affected by the conflict in Yemen. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations has launched an appeal for almost $275 million (about €255 million) to aid 7.5 million people in Yemen over the next three months, (...)

Gao Yu, the Chinese journalist  accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to foreigners, has been jailed for seven years. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

A Chinese court has jailed the 71-year-old journalist Gao Yu for seven years after she was found guilty of leaking an internal Communist Party docu(...)

A man raises his arms after  an alleged  airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the village of Sarmin on Wednesday.Photograph: Reuters

Members of the United Nations Security Council cried when Syrian doctors showed a video of failed attempts to resuscitate three children after a chlo(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Apopo deminer Victor Boquico gives a banana treat to ‘Mocadas 53’, who has just found TNT in the soil at the landmine clearance site at Dombe in Manica province, Mozambique. Photograph: Mary Boland 2:15

Mourinho is late for work. A torrential downpour, typical at this time of year in western Mozambique’s mountainous Manica province, has set him back a(...)

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(...)

Palestinian families arrive at a makeshift center in Damascus after being evacuated from the al-Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus. Photograph: Motaz Mawed/EPA/Sana handout

The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) said on Thursday it refused to be drawn into supporting any military offensive in the war-battered Yarmouk(...)

An undated handout image of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photograph: Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/The New York Times.

Iran’s leader has condemned as genocide the military intervention by its main regional rival Saudi Arabia in Yemen, escalating Tehran’s rhetoric again(...)