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 general view of the US consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the US’s move to cut back visa services at its mission in Turkey as “upsetting”, amid continued f(...)

Istanbul bonded Rafa Benitez to Liverpool FC, and his activity with the Hillsborough Family Support Group bonded him to the city. Photograph: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The telephone rang in Freddy Shepherd’s holiday villa in Majorca. It was late July 2004 and Shepherd, the Newcastle United chairman, was about to part(...)

South Africa is having a resurgence in tourism traffic and starting to reappear on the honeymoon destinations list

Interest in, and traffic to, the African continent is steadily increasing from Ireland, particularly for business and honeymoons. Ethiopian Airways fl(...)

Crispy fried beef salad

Sampling the cuisines of other cultures is one of the highlights of travel for a true food lover. Alongside the allure of high-end restaurants, I am o(...)

Saudi’s defence minister Mohammed bin Salman attending a military parade by Saudi security forces ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. Photograph:  Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty Images

The rift that has divided the Middle East between Sunnis and Shias and fuelled proxy wars in Syria and Yemen appears to have eased, enabling 86,000 Ir(...)

Hussein Qabani from Aleppo is fitted for a 3D-printed prosthetic leg. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Hussein Qabani from the citadel district of Aleppo was just 14 when a Syrian regime-made barrel bomb was dropped on his neighbourhood. “It exploded ne(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putinvisits the Pioneering Spirit pipelaying ship in the Black Sea in June. Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/AFP/Getty Images

For those who saw it coming, the sight of a massive, 382-metre-long ship passing through Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait in May said a lot about Turkey’s (...)

Mourners react as they carry the body of Palestinian Mohammad Abu Ghannam during his funeral in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of A-Tur on Friday. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

At least three Palestinians were killed and some 200 injured in clashes on Friday as Palestinians protested against the installation of metal detector(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at  the G20 summit in Hamburg  on July 7th. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

The crisis in relations between Berlin and Ankara deepened on Thursday as Germany’s foreign minister warned investors against doing business in Turkey(...)