Although half of Islamic State’s foreign recruits may have been killed in action, survivors have dispersed and sprung up across the globe. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

The fall of the last pocket of Islamic State territory at the village of Baghouz in southeastern Syria does not signal the defeat of the terror group.(...)

Afghan health workers carry an injured person outside the emergency hospital after a suicide attack targeted a wedding hall, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA

At least 50 people were killed and 75 injured in the bombing of a crowded religious gathering in Kabul on Tuesday. Afghan officials were trying to d(...)

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi in an undated photo handed out by family in 2010. The supreme court has overturned her blasphemy conviction. Photograph: HO/Reuters

Pakistan’s supreme court on Wednesday freed a Christian woman from a death sentence for blasphemy against Islam and overturned her conviction, sparkin(...)

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi in an undated photo handed out by family in 2010. The supreme court has overturned her blasphemy conviction. Photograph: HO/Reuters

Pakistan’s top court has acquitted a Christian woman who has been on death row since 2010 after she was accused of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.(...)

European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. File photograph:  Olivier Morin/Getty Images

A European court has upheld the blasphemy conviction of an Austrian woman who called the Prophet Muhammad a paedophile. A seven-judge panel of the Eu(...)

Pakistani local journalists take images of the court verdict against the suspects in the  blasphemy lynching case outside the central jail in Haripur district. Photograph:  Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

A Pakistani court on Wednesday convicted 31 people over the campus lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy, and sentence(...)

Muslims praying at the Grand Mosque ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Nearly two million pilgrims on Wednesday celebrate the joyous feast that is the culmination of the annual hajj, although more than a dozen of their nu(...)

New generation: 18-year-old Aisha Siwar, 17-year-old Hannah Abushaban, 21-year-old Marwan Akari and 19-year-old Yara Alagha. Photographs: Alan Betson

They are an upcoming generation of Irish Muslims – probably the first to have grown up in Ireland in significant numbers. After several members of (...)

Migrants stranded at the Greek port of Chios. “Our fullest identity is found in our being children of God, an identity we share with everyone on this planet.” Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Treating refugees as a lower class of human life of is dangerous and deluded, the leaders of the Ireland’s largest churches have said. “Jesus Christ (...)

In this  TV grab from footage released by Al-Ekhbariya, Saudi security forces investigate the scene of an explosion in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A suicide bomber carried out an attack early Monday near an American diplomatic site in the western Saudi city of Jeddah, according to the Interior Ministry. Photograph: Al-Ekhbariya

Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday in an apparently co-ordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their (...)

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