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(...)

Mortars of the federal police forces are seen in the south of Mosul. Photograph: Reuters

Iraqi security forces are preparing to advance towards Mosul airport on the city’s southern edge to increase pressure on Islamic State militants figh(...)

Firefighters try to extinuish fire at the community hall where Saudi-led warplanes struck a funeral in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

Yemen’s powerful ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key ally of the country’s dominant Houthi movement, called for an escalation of attacks against t(...)

A worker of private Turkish television IMC TV cries after police closed the channel at the station headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkish authorities suspended nearly 13,000 police officers, detained dozens of air force officers and shut down a TV station on Tuesday, widening a s(...)

A saleswoman shows lamps to a customers while other people flock to the supermarket to take care of last minute shopping as Hurricane Matthew approaches in Kingston, Jamaica. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

Haiti issued a red alert and evacuated families from tiny outlying islands as Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm to cross the Caribbean in years, (...)

Bahraini soldiers take part in a training exercise. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An international human rights organisation has called for a Northern Ireland company to stop training security forces in Bahrain amid concerns about (...)

An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Gunmen attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday, with explosions and gunfire reported inside the campus where foreign sta(...)

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