The compound had been closed to all visitors after shooting

Israel to partially reopen al-Aqsa

30 Oct Israel has decided to partially reopen Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound to Muslims from tomorrow, hours after ordering its closure and following Arab and US calls.

Turkish Kurds celebrate as Peshmerga fighters cross through the Turkish-Iraqi border

US warplanes renew air strikes on IS near Kobane

29 Oct US warplanes renewed air strikes against Islamic State militants near the Syrian town of Kobane as Iraqi peshmerga soldiers prepare to reinforce their fellow Kurds in the border area, according to US military sources.

Aurimas Andruska is accused of killing Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika

Murder trial hears of bloody footprints

29 Oct The trial of a man charged with murdering a mother and her young daughter has heard details of bloodied shoes he was alleged to be wearing at the time of the murders.

Kurdish peshmerga fighters drive through northern Iraq on their way to the Syrian town of Kobane

Iraqi fighters travelling to defend Kobane

28 Oct Iraqi peshmerga fighters have left Iraq for the besieged Syrian town of Kobane to help fellow Kurds in their battle against Islamic State militants, according to a senior Kurdish official.

The elections will take place in pro-Russian areas of Donetsk and Lugansk

Russia to recognise Ukrainian rebel votes

28 Oct Russia plans to recognise elections being organised next weekend by rebels in eastern Ukraine in defiance of the government in Kiev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview.

The deserted streets of Morek, which the Syrian Army claims to have retaken from rebels in recent days

Syria regime air strikes kill 11 children

26 Oct Syrian government air strikes on two rebel-held areas of the central province of Homs killed at least 25 civilians, 11 of them children, a monitoring group said today.

The Union flag was lowered at Camp Bastion in the southern province of Helmand today

Bases handed over to Afghan forces

26 Oct British and US forces have handed over formal control of their last base in Afghanistan to local forces, ending combat operations in the country after 13 years.

A refugee from eastern Ukraine walks in a refugee camp in Russia's Rostov region

UN says 824,000 displaced by Ukrainian conflict

24 Oct The conflict in Ukraine has driven more than 824,000 people from their homes, the UN refugee agency said this morning, warning that it was having to quickly prepare aid to offset the impact of winter.

Egyptian fireman and soldiers at the scene of explosion outside Cairo University on Wednesday

Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai

25 Oct Two attacks in Egypt Sinai Peninsula have left 33 security personnel dead, in some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

Local residents watch smoke from an explosion rising over the Syrian city of Kobane

US air strikes kill 553 in Syria - report

23 Oct Air strikes by the US-led coalition in Syria have killed 553 people since their launch a month ago, the vast majority of them jihadists, a monitoring group said this morning.

The kidnapping comes as talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages seized in April continue

25 girls kidnapped by militants in Nigeria

23 Oct Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in north eastern Nigeria, despite talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages they seized last April.

Palestinian teachers stand in a damaged classroom at a United Nations-run school in Gaza City

UN to investigate attacks on facilities in Gaza

22 Oct UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in Gaza and the use of UN sites to store weapons.

Tayyip Erdogan said US weapons had fallen into the hands of PYD and IS militants

US military aid to Kurdish fighters 'wrong'

22 Oct Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised as "wrong" the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US jets to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

Kobane's Kurdish defenders have been under IS assault for more than a month

EU expands Syria sanctions list

20 Oct The EU has agreed to expand sanctions against Syria, adding 16 names and two entities to the blacklist for their role in a "brutal war" against their own people as IS fighters advance across Kobane.

More than 200 schoolgirls have been kept captive by Boko Haram militants since last April

Nigerian govt claims deal with Boko Haram

17 Oct Nigeria's military and presidency have reportedly reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

A ceasefire, implemented in eastern Ukraine on 5 September, has been repeatedly violated

EU leaders meet in Milan over conflict in Ukraine

17 Oct Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande for a second time today to discuss the violated ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

Kim Jong-un pictured during his visit to the Wisong Scientists Residential District in Pyongyang this week

North and South Korea hold high-level talks

15 Oct North and South Korea have held senior-level military talks to air grievances over a series of recent live-fire incidents on their land and maritime borders, Seoul's defence ministry said.