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(...)

A child with moderate malnutrition at the office of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state in South Sudan. According to reports, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million people are classified severely food insecure in South Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a shift that has taken place slowly and without fanfare, but in the past 50 years the worst types of famine have become dramatically less frequen(...)

Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Photograph: UNHCR/ M Hawari/ Ruadhán Mac Cormaic

In Jordan’s remote northeastern desert, a barren moonscape bounded on three sides by Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the gleaming white symmetrical huts(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel believes Syrian president Bassar al-Assad should be included in the peace efforts. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

A durable solution is still required for the refugee crisis, German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday, despite EU leaders agreeing to a package(...)

Hungarian soldiers carry razor wire as they work on a fence being built along the border with Croatia near the village of Sarok, Hungary, Monday, on Monday. Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban said that millions of migrants are “laying siege” to the borders of his country and of Europe, putting the continent in danger. Photograph: AP

Hungary’s parliament authorised the government on Monday to deploy the army to help handle a migrant crisis, granting the military the right to deploy(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel: “To make out as if we alone can solve all the social problems of the world would not be realistic.” Photograph: Jan Woitas/EPA

Divided European leaders will seek to find a response to the continent’s worst migration crisis since the second World War at an emergency summit next(...)