Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 25th 2017. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA

A suicide bomber has struck near an office of the Afghan intelligence service in the capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, including a woman in(...)

Soldiers at  the scene of a major train crash just outside Egypt’s Mediterranean port city of Alexandria on Friday. Photograph: Ravy Shaker/AP Photo

Two passenger trains collided just outside Egypt’s Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 100. It i(...)

A shot from May 12th, 2016 of Malaysian LGBT activist Nisha Ayub during an interview with AFP at SEED Foundation, an NGO she runs in Kuala Lumpur.  The Malaysian government is offering cash prizes  for the best videos explaining how to “prevent” homosexuality, according to a competition launched on the health ministry’s website. File photograph:  Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

Malaysia’s health ministry on Saturday defended its decision to host a contest on how to “prevent” homosexuality and transgenderism, saying the compet(...)

Blood stains pews inside the St George Church after a suicide bombing in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, Egypt, April 9th, 2017. Photograph: AP

Egypt’s president has called for a three-month state of emergency after suicide bombers struck hours apart at two Coptic churches, killing 44 people o(...)

A woman mourns after two explosions killed at least 44 people in Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

At least 44 people were killed in Egypt in bomb attacks at the cathedral of the Coptic Pope and another church on Palm Sunday, prompting anger and fea(...)

 A  bottle of hawthorn bath essence confiscated during an operation checking all private stores selling alcohol in Irkutsk, Russia, earlier this month. Photograph: Russian Interior Ministry/EPA

Russian investigators said on Tuesday they had opened a criminal case into a senior regional official in Siberia after at least 77 people died from dr(...)

A man mourns the death of Palestinian youth Abdulrahman Al-Dabag, who medics said was shot dead by Israeli troops on Friday, at a hospital in the central Gaza Strip. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

A Palestinian youth was shot and killed during a protest near the Gaza-Israel border on Friday. Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said 1(...)

Photograph taken in Singapore last April shows a worker fumigating an area against mosquitoes. File photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Singapore authorities have confirmed 41 cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, which in Brazil has been linked to a rare birth defect, and said mor(...)

Yarmouk Hospital in Baghdad. Photograph: Corinne Reilly/Merced Sun-Star/MCT via Getty Images

A fire has ripped through a maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital – killing 12 newborn babies, government officials said. By Wednesday morning, grief-(...)

South Sudanese policemen and soldiers are seen along a street following renewed fighting in South Sudan’s capital Juba, on July 10th, 2016. Photograph: Reuters

South Sudan’s president and vice-president ordered their rival forces to cease hostilities on Monday after days of fighting threatened to plunge the (...)

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