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Islamic State (Isis) militants have abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported. File photograph: Reuters

Islamic State (Isis) militants have abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported as fighting(...)

Adnan Khashoggi: Saudi billionaire negotiated billions of dollars in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in the 1970s and played “a central role for the US government” with CIA operatives in selling guns to Iran, according to a 1992 US Senate report co-written by then-Senator John Kerry, now the US secretary of state. Photograph: Getty Images

One day during his presidential re-election campaign in September 1996, Bill Clinton walked into a room in Westin Crown Center hotel in Kansas City. A(...)

Air France’s clothing advice was contained in an internal note to staff. The airline will will begin three daily fights to the Iranian capital on April 17th, eight years after they were stopped following the imposition of international sanctions against Tehran.

Air France is facing a mutiny after instructing female crew to wear trousers during flights to Iran and to don a “loose-fitting jacket and headscarf” (...)

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has defended the country’s missile programme in the face of rising concerns among members of the UN security council. Photograph: Reuters

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, has firmly defended the country’s missile programme in the face of rising concerns among members (...)

Crowd control: President Obama at the baseball game between Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba’s national team, in Havana. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Niurka Céspedes walks along San Juan de Dios Street in Old Havana with a few groceries. She spends her days minding her blind 76-year-old mother, who (...)

Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee in a file photograph from 2007. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

Paul Daniels was a performer with a magic touch who entertained TV audiences for decades. The Paul Daniels Magic Show regularly attracted 15 million (...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin : Moscow has been the main political and military power broker on the Syrian scene based on the 9,000 sorties its war planes have flown against anti-government insurgents. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he plans to pull his military aircraft and troops out of Syria has had an instant impact on both(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani (second from left) and Iran’s industry minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh  visiting an automobile industry show in Tehran. Photograph: Handout/EPA

A court in Iran has sentenced to death Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani (42) and two accomplices for embezzlement, the judiciary said on Sunday, in (...)

Saad Hariri, the son of assassinated former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, is so fearful of an assassin’s bomb or bullet that he lives in Riyadh and Paris. Photograph: EPA

Angered over Beirut’s failure to condemn an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and meet key Saudi political demands, Riyadh has cancelled a $4 bill(...)

Algerian migrants in a bus after they were arrested by French police during a brutal police crackdown on October 17th 1961. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/Archives

At the opening session of the talks which led to the latest Stormont House Agreement, Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers called for “a fresh approach(...)

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