A Yemeni vendor waits for customers at a market in the old city of Sana’a. Photograph: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

United Nations director of humanitarian operations John Ging has warned Yemen is on the “verge of famine” due to a “shocking fall-off” in funding. (...)

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has endorsed injudicious policies that could have disastrous consequences for his country and the Middle East. File photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty Images

Since assuming the Saudi throne at the end of January last year, King Salman has endorsed injudicious, even reckless, policies that could have disastr(...)

Members of the Assyrian Gozarto Protection Forces, consisting of Sutoro militia, a pro-Syrian government Syriac Christian movement, and other Assyrian fighters rest and drink tea before heading to  the front line in the battle against  Islamic State in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh on July 13th. Photograph: Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State’s reclusive leader has empowered his inner circle of deputies as well as regional commanders in Syria and Iraq with wide-ranging authori(...)

Yemeni al-Qaeda chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi speaks at an unknown location in this still image taken from video obtained by Reuters TV. Al-Qaeda in Yemen said its leader,  al-Wuhayshi, was killed in a US bombing, in major blow by the United States against the global militant group’s strongest branch. Photograph: Reuters TV

The deputy leader of al-Qaeda, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, has been killed in a US bombing in Yemen, the group said on Tuesday, removing the director of a str(...)