Israeli soldiers seen during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem

Palestinian teen shot dead near Bethlehem

07.35 The Israeli army shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian boy during clashes at a refugee camp near Bethlehem yesterday, police and emergency services said.

The Arch of Triumph pictured before its destruction by IS

Palmyra's 'Arch of Triumph' destroyed by IS

05 Oct The so-called Islamic State is reported to have destroyed the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief said.

The two Israelis were killed in an alleyway of Jerusalem's Old City

Palestinians stab Israelis in two attacks

04 Oct A Palestinian man stabbed and wounded an Israeli teenager in Jerusalem today, just hours after another knife-wielding attacker killed an off-duty Israeli soldier and a rabbi nearby in the walled Old City, police said.

MSF said their staff were in shock  after the strikes

US military conducted air strike near MSF hospital

03 Oct The US military has said it conducted an air strike near a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz where 19 staff and patients, including three children, were killed in a blast.

Barack Obama said Russia was not distinguishing between the so-called IS and moderate Sunni opposition

US condemns Russia's actions in Syria

02 Oct US President Barack Obama has warned that Russia's military engagement in Syria in support of strongman Bashar al-Assad is a "recipe for disaster," though Washington could still work with Moscow on reducing tensions.

Afghan security forces make their way to the centre of Kunduz to regain control of the city

Afghan forces retake city from Taliban

01 Oct Afghan forces have retaken control of the strategic northern city of Kunduz after a three-day Taliban occupation that dealt a blow to the country's NATO-trained military.

Russian Defence Ministry image of an air strike on a target in Syria

Russia launches further air strikes in Syria

01 Oct Russian jets have continued to bomb rebel positions in Syria today including areas in the northwest of the country held by an alliance of insurgents including al Qaeda's Nusra Front.

The strikes included areas in Homs and Hama provinces

US and Russia to hold military meeting on Syria

30 Sep The US and Russian militaries could hold talks as early as tomorrow on ensuring that they do not inadvertently come into conflict in their air strikes in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

An Afghan policeman holds a gun on his shoulder a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city of Kunduz

Battle to retake Afghan city from Taliban

30 Sep Heavy fighting raged inside the key northern Afghan city of Kunduz for a third day today as government forces, backed by US air strikes, battled Taliban insurgents.

Al-Nusra Front fighters in northern Syria last year

US-trained rebels gave equipment to Al-Nusra Front

26 Sep The Pentagon has said that a group of US-trained Syrian rebels had handed over ammunition and equipment to al-Qaeda's affiliate in the country, the al-Nusra Front, purportedly in exchange for safe passage.

Ancient books and manuscripts were destroyed when rebels attacked Timbuktu

Islamist chief faces trial over ruining Timbuktu

26 Sep An Islamist leader has been handed over to the International Criminal Court on charges of destroying much of Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu, in the first such case before the war crimes court.

Protesters at a demonstration in Sydney earlier this month calling for more help for refugees

UN inspector criticises Australian restrictions

26 Sep An independent UN investigator into the human rights of migrants has postponed an official visit to Australia that was due to begin tomorrow, citing a lack of government cooperation and "unacceptable" legal restrictions.

A sign points the way to the border between Estonia and Russia

Russia and Estonia swap 'spies' on border bridge

26 Sep Russia's security service said this morning it exchanged Estonian officer Eston Kohver, convicted for espionage, for an imprisoned Russian spy, in a cross-border bridge swap with its Baltic neighbour.

Family members of the deceased attended the ceremony

Trinity unveils memorial for WWI dead

26 Sep A memorial was unveiled in Trinity College Dublin this morning to commemorate the 471 students, staff and alumni of the college who lost their lives in military service in World War I.

The blast happened in the Balili mosque where Huthi Shiite rebels who control Sanaa go to pray

25 dead after mosque bombing in Yemen capital

24 Sep A bomb attack targeting Shia worshippers at a mosque in Yemen's capital has killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens more during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, according to local medics.