A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter walks past a house destroyed by American air strikes at Barznki village two days ago in Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/ Reuters

The United States has taken the first step in its expanded fight against Islamic State (IS) militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near (...)

Prime minister David Cameron makes a statement to the media in Downing Street today on the killing of British aid worker David Haines. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Here is the text of David Cameron’s speech, given in Downing Street this afternoon after chairing a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency commit(...)

 Peruvian special forces take up a defensive position  during the detonation of a landing strip used by drug trafficking aircrafts near the Ene river in Pangoa district, Ayacucho. Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

Peru destroyed more than 37 makeshift runways in the Amazon this week, part of bid to stop a growing number of small planes from smuggling cocaine out(...)

Residents react after what activists claim were five air strikes by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus. US secretary of state John Kerry announced today nearly $500 million in humanitarian aid for people and countries hit by Syria’s civil war. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh /Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry announced today nearly $500 million (€380m) in humanitarian aid for people and countries hit by Syria’s civil war.The(...)

Italian defence minister Roberta Pinotti (L) welcomes  Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney  during the EU informal meeting of defence ministers in Milan, Italy September 9th, 2014. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has expressed confidence the United Nations will make changes to its peacekeeping mission to the Golan Heights. Mr (...)

The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, Article 40.3.3, must go. It makes a woman’s life equal to that of a foetus and removes her right to “life, l(...)

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter uses a pair of binoculars to look at tanks shelling Islamic State positions at the Khazir front line leading to Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

The Arab League has agreed to combat extremists such as the Islamic State group as one of its suicide bombers killed 16 people at a meeting of Sunni t(...)

A Ukrainian soldier heads to a frontline position on the outskirts of the strategic coastal city of Mariupol following an evening of heavy shelling by Russian-backed separatists. (Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Deadly shelling has rattled hopes for a lasting ceasefire in Ukraine, with Kiev and Russian-backed rebels blaming each other for attacks around the m(...)

Ukrainian soldiers inspect damaged tank on the outskirts of the southern coastal town of Mariupol yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A senior aide to Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko said today that Kiev had agreed at the Nato summit in Wales on the provision of weapons and m(...)

An Irish  member of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (gestures in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.  Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

The Irish military’s status as being among the best peacekeepers and peace-enforcers in the world might seem like a tired cliché. There was nothing ti(...)