People walk at Trocadero square as activists from the environmentalist group Greenpeace unfurl a giant banner on the Eiffel Tower which reads ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’ in a call on French citizens to vote against the National Front (FN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. Photograph: Reuters

Centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron extended his lead in the polls over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Friday, the final day(...)

Spanish police lead a suspect from an apartment building during an operation that included raid at 12 locations in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Spanish police said on Tuesday they had arrested nine men and raided 12 properties in Barcelona in an operation against suspected Islamist militants (...)

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, blows a kiss to the crowd during her   speech after finishing second in the first round of the  election in Henin-Beaumont, Northern France. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face the centrist Emmanuel Macron in the run-off for the French presidency, according to projections, after a land(...)

Blood stains pews inside the St George Church after a suicide bombing in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, Egypt, April 9th, 2017. Photograph: AP

Egypt’s president has called for a three-month state of emergency after suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches, killing 44 people o(...)

Gustavo de Arístegui: resigned as Spanish ambassador to India after allegations emerged about his business activities

Investigators in Madrid allege that two Spanish politicians used an Irish company as a front to receive bribery payments worth millions of euro. Gust(...)

A man purported to be Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul, according to a video recording posted on online on July 5th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters

US and Iraqi officials believe the leader of the so-called Islamic State (Isis), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left commanders behind with diehard followe(...)

Iraqi security forces launch a rocket against Islamic State militants positions during clashes in the western side of Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday. Photograph: AP

US-backed Iraqi forces on Monday captured Mosul’s al-Hurriya bridge, which leads to the Islamic State-held old city centre from the south, a military (...)

A man cries while he carried his daughter as he walks from Islamic State controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

More than 40,000 people have been displaced in the past week from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where US-backed forces launched a fresh push towards the Is(...)

Iraqi pro-government forces on patrol in eastern Mosul during the military operation against Islamic State. Photograph: AFP

Iraqi security forces yesterday began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into(...)

Newly appointed French prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve: This is the second time that he  has followed Valls, having replaced him at the interior ministry when Valls became prime minister in  2014 . Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty

One of the chief virtues of Bernard Cazeneuve, who was appointed by French president François Hollande to succeed Manuel Valls as prime minister on T(...)

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