US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Suicide bomber: 20-year-old Bilal Hadfi, who blew himself outside the Stade de France, raising his right index finger in the Islamic State salute

Their faces became familiar to us this week, through images recorded on Islamic State videos, through police mugshots and through Facebook pages. But (...)

Said Kouachi (left) and Cherif Kouachi: the brothers sent a text message to Amedy Coulibaly  an  hour before the assault on Charlie Hebdo Photograph: Judicial Police of Paris/PA Wire

Six weeks after 17 innocents and three jihadi gunmen were killed in Paris, a detailed account has emerged in a four-page spread in Le Monde newspaper(...)

Neighbours and friends of the relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya attend Mass in south Cairo. A banner with pictures of the men who were killed is displayed on the church wall. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

The raids by the Egyptian air force on Islamic State (IS) camps and arsenals is an escalation in Cairo’s 20-month campaign against the cult. The st(...)

An undated screen grab of Amedy Coulibaly  in a video that police are still investigating. Photograph: New York Times

Four men with ties to one of the gunmen responsible for three days of terror in Paris are the first to be charged in connection with the attacks that (...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls (left) and interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (centre) applaud as Lassana Bathily (24), holds his citizenship papers during a ceremony at the Interior Ministry in Paris on  January 20th, 2015. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The Malian grocery worker hailed as a hero for saving hostages’ lives when an Islamist militant attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris this month was(...)

Labour Party MP David Lammy suggested some of the problems of disconnection within the British Muslim community are economic: “You don’t find many terrorists who have a mortgage and a good job,” he said. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

A Bangladeshi mini-cab driver took Labour’s David Lammy to Heathrow recently for an early flight. Recognising the Tottenham MP, the man became upset, (...)

People queue outside a Paris newsagent’s yesterday as the latest edition of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo goes on sale. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

France has begun a crackdown on hate speech, arresting 54 people for anti-Semitism and defending terrorism in the past week. In a message sent to all(...)

Political leaders walking in solidarity after the attacks in  Paris. Photograph: EPA

How are we to understand last week’s events in Paris? Why are people prepared to kill and die for their beliefs? How should liberal democracies respon(...)

French police officers  in an industrial area northeast of Paris where the suspects in the  attack at the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo  are reportedly holding a hostage. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

8.20am: Reports that shots have been fired in a car chase northeast of Paris.8.45am: French minister of the interior Bernard Cazeneuve confirms that a(...)