Hashim Thaci: the former Kosovan prime minister and president, now facing war crimes charges,  was once described by the now US president Joe Biden as “Kosovo’s George Washington”.

A controversial Kosovan court set up six years ago to try alleged war crimes dating back to the late 1990s begins its first trial on Wednesday – with (...)

Carla del Ponte, who has resigned from the UN commission investigating war crimes and violence against civilians in Syria. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/Keystone/ AP

UN secretary-general António Guterres continues to support the work of the UN commission investigating war crimes and violence against civilians in Sy(...)

File photograph of Syrian government soldiers  in the historic city of Palmyra. File photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Russian-backed Syrian government forces and their allies fought their way into Palmyra on Wednesday, driving back Islamic State militants who have hel(...)

Former prime minister: Ramush Haradinaj (centre) was acquitted twice by the criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Photograph: Armend Nimani/ AFP/Getty

My first taste of Kosovo came in April 2003. As a relic of the John Bruton-era Fine Gael backroom I had been feeding my appetite for politics with (...)

Chief investigator Paulo Pinheiro (L) and Carla del Ponte, members of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, attend a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. The Syrian government and Islamic State insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their war against each other, UN investigators said. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

The United Nations accused Islamic State insurgents (formerly known as Isis) yesterday of committing war crimes including amputations and public ex(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.  Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

In a further boost to its support of President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has announced it is continuing to supply weaponry to Syrian government forces. (...)

A boy looks at the drawings on a wall in Raqqa province, east Syria, June 4, 2013. The drawing reads ’ Homs is bleeding’. Photograph:Nour Kelze /Reuters

France said today it was certain that the nerve agent sarin has been used in Syria on several occasions following tests it has carried out on samples (...)

Yara Abbas, a well-known Syrian state television reporter, was killed yesterday near the Lebanese-Syrian border. Other members of her crew were wounded by rebel sniper fire. Photograph: Reuters

The expatriate opposition Syrian National Coalition yesterday failed to agree on a restructure and expansion of its governing body which it needed to (...)

Damage is seen in what appears to be a chicken farm following the air strike near Damascus. Photograph: Sana/handout via Reuters

Thirty-six hours after Israel’s airstrikes on military targets near Damascus, the thunder claps of an army artillery barrage rolled acro(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons while walking down a debris-filled street in the al-Ziyabiya area in Damascus. Photograph: Ward Al-Keswani/Reuters

A UN panel looking into war crimes in Syria today said it has not found conclusive evidence of chemical weapons use, backing away from a member(...)