Yemenis shop at a market on Sunday in the southern city of Aden, hours before a UN-brokered ceasefire in the war-torn country was due to begin. Photograph: Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

Hours into a UN-brokered truce on Monday, Yemeni citizens reported heavy artillery fire, gun battles and air strikes in several parts of the country.(...)

A Syrian man walks past a poster bearing a portrait of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on a street in the capital Damascus.   Opponents of Mr Assad expect the government to ignore the planned truce starting on Saturday. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Russian warplanes bombed Syrian rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria and government forces pounded a suburb of the capital on Thursday, ahead of a (...)

“Mainport Cedar”: The vessel, registered in the Marshall Islands, was built in Malaysia in 2013 for the Cork-based shipping company Mainport as a seismic support, tug and supply vessel.

An Irish-owned ship which was detained by Arab coalition forces on suspicion of arms smuggling in the Gulf of Aden has been released. The 54m MV Ma(...)

“Mainport Cedar”: The vessel, registered in the Marshall Islands, was built in Malaysia in 2013 for the Cork-based shipping company Mainport as a seismic support, tug and supply vessel.

An Irish-owned ship which was carrying humanitarian supplies to Yemen has been detained by Arab coalition forces on suspicion of arms smuggling. The (...)

 Syrian refugees   at the closed  border gate   in Kilis, Turkey:  Local councils in Aleppo  estimate that  100,000-150,000 civilians could flee the city if Russian air strikes continue. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty

Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said(...)

Syrians wait for an aid convoy in Madaya: two convoys of supplies were delivered to the town this week. Photograph: AP

The UN Children’s Fund Unicef on Friday confirmed cases of severe malnutrition among children in the besieged western Syrian town of Madaya, where loc(...)

 Syrians wait on Monday for the arrival of an aid convoy  in the besieged town of Madaya, where more than two dozen people are reported to have starved to death. Photograph: Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images

The first trucks from a convoy carrying food and medical aid entered the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Monday, only to discover harrowing scenes (...)

Migrants and refugees paddling a rubber dinghy approach the beach at Psalidi near Kos Town, Kos, Greece, on August 21st.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The images of 2015 were of people on the move. Families clinging on to rubber dinghies as they approached the Greek shore. Exhausted young men and wom(...)

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Sutherland has said.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Su(...)

Yemenis unload food parcels provided by the Red Crescent in the southern port city of Aden. Yemenis’ ability to buy food has deteriorated. Photograph: Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images.

The UN World Food Programme yesterday appealed to fighting factions for access to the Yemeni city of Taiz where 240,000 civilians are in urgent need(...)