Men are held by Iraqi national security agents, to be interrogated at a checkpoint, as oil fields burn in Qayara, south of Mosul on Saturday. Twin attacks in Tikrit and Samarra  killed 21 people on Sunday. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

Suicide bombers driving ambulances packed with explosives detonated their vehicles at a checkpoint and a car park for Shia pilgrims in two Iraqi citi(...)

People displaced by the fighting around Mosul  at Al-Khazer refugee camp, east of the Iraqi city, on Friday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudaini/Reuters

Iraqi special forces said they recaptured six districts of eastern Mosul on Friday, expanding the army’s foothold in the Islamic State bastion a day a(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair takes part in a discussion on Britain in the World in central London earlier this week, where he admitted the West “underestimated” the problems in Iraq after the toppling of Saddam Hussein. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The atmosphere at Central Hall in Westminster this week was that of a well-heeled school reunion when Tony Blair took the stage to talk about “Britain(...)

People gather at the site of a suicide bombing as Yemeni security officials collect debris in Sanaa, yesterday. Photograph: AP

A bomb blast tore through Tahrir Square in central Sana’a yesterday, killing dozens of supporters of the Houthi movement that controls the Yemeni ca(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (C) arrives to meet with Iraqi speaker of parliament Usama al-Nujayfi, in Baghdad today. Mr Kerry also met Iraq’s prime minister Nuri al-Maliki to push for a more inclusive government. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/Reuters.

US secretary of state John Kerry said has said that US support for Iraqi security forces will be “intense and sustained” to help them combat an Islami(...)

Civil defence members carry a wounded woman as a Lebanese Army soldier secures the area at the site of an explosion in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Photograph: Mahmoud Kheir/Reuters

Two suicide bombers targeted the Iranian cultural centre in Beirut today, killing four people and themselves in an attack claimed by Sunni militant(...)

Shi’ite pilgrims gather between the Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas shrines during the religious festival of Ashura. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters.

At least 19 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Iraqi police and pilgrims today, just before the end of a Shi’ite Muslim religious festival.(...)

An unidentified attacker shot dead Iranian deputy industries minister Safdar Rahmat Abadi in Tehran yesterday evening. Foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran.  Photograph: Reuters.

An unidentified attacker shot dead Iranian deputy industries minister Safdar Rahmat Abadi in Tehran yesterdayevening, the state news agency IRNA repor(...)

Arab League and United Nations special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi  after a TV interview at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva yesterday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The leaders of the Arab world have blamed the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people last week, but declined (...)

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter (left) provides cover for his fellow fighter inspecting a body, which according to the FSA was one of the forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, during an offensive to seize Aleppo’s town of Khanasir. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting president Bashar al-Assad, accor(...)