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A woman holds a Syrian flag in Deraa, where the uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s regime began in 2011. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

The fall to the Syrian army of rebel-held quarters of Deraa city is a famous victory for Damascus. While not equivalent to the army’s capture of insur(...)

A Syrian child rides his bike after Syrian government forces recently recaptured the village of Ghariyah ash Sharqiyah from the rebels, in the province of Deraa. Photograph:  AFP/ Youssef Karwashan/ Getty Images

Syrian official media on Monday reported that the country’s air defences had destroyed several Israeli missiles and hit a warplane attacking an airbas(...)

Yemeni pro-government forces lay down a field of fire near Hodeida airport. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement fought on Saturday to keep a Saudi-led coalition from taking full control of the airport in the port city of Hode(...)

Syrians displaced from the city of Afrin display pictures of their homes. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Council has declared it is ready for unconditional talks with the Syrian government. The council, the politi(...)

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani: has urged ceasefires with the Taliban before, but this was the first unconditional offer since he was elected in 2014. Photograph:  Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced for the first time an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban, coinciding with the end of the Mus(...)

Former chief executive  of Anglo Irish Bank, David Drumm (51), with an address in Skerries, Co Dublin,  at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday, as the jury were still deliberating on a verdict in his fraud trial. Photograph: Collins Courts

There could not have been two more starkly contrasting images than David Drumm’s appearance at his bankruptcy trial in the United States in 2014, and (...)

Torture is impermissible in Europe, according to the European Convention on Human rights, signed in 1953 and now adhered to by the 47 members of the C(...)

 Police and soldiers  examine a site following attacks outside the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church  on Sunday. Photograph: Getty images

Suicide bombers suspected to be from an Islamic State (Isis)-inspired group killed at least 11 people and wounded 40 in attacks on Christians attendin(...)

Men  stand in line to cast their votes during a special voting day for members of the security forces on Thursday, ahead of Iraq’s parliamentaryh elections this weekend. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

Iraqis go to the polls on Saturday to elect their fourth parliament since the US-led invasion and occupation 15 years ago. The election was originally(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad (right) in discussions with Alaeddin Boroujerdi,  head of Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, in Damascus on Monday. Photograph: Sana via AP

The Syrian army unleashed a massive bombardment against one rebel enclave on Monday and prepared for the withdrawal of insurgents from another as Pre(...)

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