Displaced Iraqi Kurds people fleeing violence in the northern Kirkuk province take shelter in an unfinished housing project in Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Thuraday. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

About 100,000 Kurds have fled the Kirkuk region for fear of persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook disputed territory after a Kurdish independenc(...)

Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters are searched at a security screening centre near Kirkuk, Iraq, on October 1st. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Its de facto capital is falling. Its territory has shrivelled from the size of Portugal to a handful of outposts. Its surviving leaders are on the run(...)

A boy rides a bicycle with an Iraqi flag  on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq.  Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

Iraqi forces have retaken Kurdish-controlled areas near Mosul, even as Washington urged Baghdad to rein in its offensive in northern Iraq. Kurdish (...)

If Ireland was to bring its employment rate for workers aged over 55 in line with Sweden, the resulting long-term GDP boost could be as much as  5.4 per cent, PwC said.

Ireland’s long-term GDP could be boosted by around €15 billion if the employment rate for workers over 55 increased substantially, according to a new (...)

Members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Altun Kupri, 40km south of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

The Baghdad government recaptured territory across the breadth of northern Iraq from Kurds on Tuesday, widening a sudden and dramatic campaign that ha(...)

Members of Iraqi federal forces  advance in military vehicles in Kirkuk, Iraq on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi forces seized control of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday as Kurdish forces appeared to melt away, escalating a crisis triggered by last mo(...)

Somali government forces on Sunday secure the scene of an explosion in  the Hodan district of Mogadishu. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

More than 300 people were killed by twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and(...)

Ibrahim Talal, from Syria, on Agamy Beach, Alexandria: “This is not where I want to be.” Photograph: Peter Biro/European Union/Echo

“This,” says Ibrahim Talal, sweeping his hand in a dismissive gesture that takes in the teeming high-rise of Alexandria, a city of five million crushe(...)

A man holds a child as they disembark from the Aquarius ship of Sos Mediterranee upon its arrival in the Sicilian port of Palermo, southern Italy, today. About 600 migrants were brought to Sicily after being rescued at sea off the Libyan coast. Photograph: Igor Petyx/ANSA via AP

People traffickers have changed their routes and strategies for smuggling migrants into Europe following the clampdown by border police in EU countrie(...)

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  during their visit at Novi Pazar on Wednesday in Serbia.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited a mostly Muslim region of Serbia with the country’s leader Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday, as they promo(...)