While being held captive on a hijacked Egyptian plane on Tuesday, Ben Innes’s first thought to fill the time was to ask his captor for a selfie. Beam(...)

Aa banner reading ‘Made in EU’ attached to a fence in a camp at the border between Greece and  Macedonia, near Idomeni, in northern Greece on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Macedonia has closed its border “completely” to illegal migrants after Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia announced tight new restrictions on migrant entry,(...)

Iranian women show their IDs as they wait in line to cast their votes in the parliamentary and Assemblyof  Experts  election outside a polling station at Ershad Mosque in Tehran, on Friday. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Millions of Iranians voted in high-stake elections on Friday that could shift the balance of power within the hardline-controlled Islamic elite by ush(...)

Members of the Spanish Special Group Against Organised Crime engaged in a drugs investigation aboard a catamaran in the harbour of La Coruna. Photograph: EPA

Spain has long been characterised as a refuge for criminals fleeing the law enforcement agencies of their own countries, a place where fugitives could(...)

The bus damaged by a bomb detonated by remote control on a road linking Diyarbakir to the district of Lice . It followed Wednesday’s attack in Ankara, which left 28 dead. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey has claimed Kurds based in Syria were responsible for Wednesday’s car bomb attack on a military convoy in Ankara, as another explosion hit a co(...)

France’s prime minister Manuel Valls says the country’s state of emergency will continue “as long as necessary”. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people in France reported to have become radical Muslims has nearly doubled over the past 11 months, from 4,590 to 8,250, according to a(...)

Officials say an  avalanche in the Deux Alpes resort on Wednesday afternoon hit a group of students from the Saint Exupery school in Lyon and their teacher.  File photograph: Getty Images

An avalanche that struck a school group skiing in the Alps has killed two French high school students and a Ukrainian skier. Officials say the avalan(...)

Iraqi forces secure an area in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, on January 10th, 2016, after retaking the city from Islamic State  group jihadists. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State tha(...)

Predictions for May: The new Amazon Prime motoring series begins, and the first episode consists entirely of Jeremy Clarkson speaking directly to the camera and “just saying what’s on his mind.” Three international incidents, a dozen lawsuits and one minor war result, along with a vendetta against Clarkson from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Neil Briscoe dusted off his crystal ball to foresee the year ahead - but his predictions are about as likely to arrive as flying cars January Volksw(...)

 Saudi women leave a polling station after casting their votes in the  municipal elections, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: EPA

Saudi Arabians voted 17 women into public office in municipal elections in the conservative Islamic kingdom on Saturday, the first to allow female par(...)

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