An additional 51,953 killings that were reported lacked sufficient information and were excluded from the analysis

Death toll in Syria war at least 191,369 - UN

22 Aug At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria's conflict up to April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the United Nations human rights office has said.

Worshippers were at Friday prayers (not pictured) when the attack occurred

70 killed in Iraq mosque shooting

22 Aug At least 70 people have been killed after Shia Muslim militia opened fired inside an Iraqi Sunni mosque in the country's eastern Diyala province, an Iraqi security source said.

Navi Pillay suggested the Security Council come up with possible new responses to rights violations

UN rebuked over Security Council failures

22 Aug Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay has rebuked the Security Council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined national interests ahead of grave breaches of global peace and security.

Palestinians gather around the rubble of a building destroyed following an Israeli military strike in Rafah

15 people killed in strikes on Gaza

21 Aug Three senior Hamas commanders and four children were among at least 15 Palestinians killed in Gaza overnight as Israel stepped up air strikes on day 45 of the conflict.

Islamic State jihadists beheaded James Foley and posted the video of the murder online

Call for multinational response to Foley murder

21 Aug The chief of the international police organisation Interpol has condemned the beheading of US journalist James Foley and called for a global response to the threat posed by Islamic extremists.

The study was conducted by researchers from University College London

Study on impact of conflict on altruism published

20 Aug New research carried out in Northern Ireland has found that people who find themselves in a situation of conflict with other groups are less likely to help individuals from outside their own group.

A picture taken from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border on shows rockets being fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza into Israel

Armed wing of Hamas withdraws from Cairo talks

20 Aug The armed wing of Hamas has declared an end to its participation in Egyptian-brokered efforts for a durable ceasefire with Israel, as violence escalated after the collapse of a 24-hour truce.

A militia member checks damage after an apparent shelling by the Ukrainian army near Donetsk

34 civilians killed in clashes in Ukraine

20 Aug Fierce fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels has killed 34 civilians over the past 24 hours in east Ukraine's Donetsk region, local authorities have said.

Children from eastern Ukraine, play in a refugee camp near Donetsk

Ukraine's Poroshenko to attend talks with Putin

19 Aug Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will take part in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and several EU officials next week on the conflict in eastern Ukraine and energy security.

Palestinian security officials said the air raids targeted open areas in the northern area of Beit Lahiya

Gaza ceasefire talks collapse

19 Aug A temporary ceasefire in Gaza has "collapsed" after a midnight deadline passed with no agreement to extend a truce, a senior Palestinian official has said.

Rebels and government forces have traded blame for civilian deaths

Refugees killed in strike on convoy in Ukraine

18 Aug Rocket fire hit a convoy of buses carrying refugees from the east Ukrainian city of Luhansk this morning killing an unknown number of people, Ukraine's military and rebels said, blaming each other for the strike.

The deal was confirmed minutes before a five-day ceasefire was due to expire

Gaza ceasefire extended by 24 hours

18 Aug Israeli and Palestinian officials have agreed to extend a Gaza ceasefire by another 24 hours to allow time for the sides to continue negotiations for terms of a possible agreement.

US President Barack Obama makes a statement in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House

Obama to send Attorney General to Ferguson

18 Aug US President Barack Obama has said he is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday to investigate the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman.