The blast punched a one-metre hole in the side of the Airbus A321 about 15 minutes after it had taken off from Mogadishu

Recent blast on Somalia airplane 'caused by bomb'

06 Feb A bomb caused the explosion that ripped a hole in the fuselage of a passenger plane shortly after it took off from Somalia's main airport on Tuesday, killing one person, the government has said.

There was little progress at the Geneva talks

Syria peace talks suspended until later this month

03 Feb A United Nations envoy has halted attempts to launch Syrian peace talks after the army, backed by Russian air strikes, made a major advance against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city.

King Abdullah said the refugee crisis was overloading Jordan's social services and threatening regional stability

King Abdullah appeals for help with migrant influx

02 Feb Jordan's King Abdullah says his country needs long-term aid from the international community to cope with a huge influx of Syrian refugees, warning that unless it received support the "dam is going to burst".

The shrine south of the capital contains the grave of a granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed and is particularly revered as a pilgrimage site by Shia Muslims

60 killed, 110 wounded in Syrian bomb blasts

31 Jan At least 60 people have been killed and 110 wounded in three bomb blasts near the revered Shi'ite shrine of Sayyida Zeinab outside the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said.

Rescued migrants arrive in Canakkale's Kucukkuyu district in Turkey

At least 37 dead after migrant boat sinks

30 Jan Turkish coastguard officials recovered bodies washed up on a beach after yet another migrant boat trying to reach Europe sank, leaving up to 37 dead, according to local media.

Millions have been forced from their homes as a result of the conflict

Syrian opposition agrees to attend Geneva talks

29 Jan Syria's main opposition body has agreed to travel to Geneva, where peace talks began today, following a phone call from the US Secretary of State and after receiving guarantees that their demands would be met, its spokesman said today.

The Syrian government has said it is ready to attend the negotiations

Opposition will not attend Syrian peace talks

28 Jan The Syrian opposition has said it will not attend peace talks due to begin in Geneva tomorrow, derailing the first attempt in two years to hold negotiations aimed at ending the five-year-long war.

Locals inspect the aftermath of an airstrike by government forces in Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus

Syrian talks in doubt over opposition attendance

27 Jan Plans to hold the first negotiations to end the civil war in Syria for two years are in doubt after the opposition said it would not show up unless the United Nations responded to demands for a halt to attacks on civilian areas.

Ban Ki-moon stressed that occupation often breeds hate and extremism

UN chief criticises Israel over settlement plans

26 Jan UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has criticised Israel's new plans for Jewish settlements in the West Bank and spoke of growing Palestinian frustration after 50 years of Israeli military rule.

Among the men purportedly shown in the video is suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud

IS releases video of 'Paris attackers'

25 Jan The so-called Islamic State group has released a video purporting to show nine jihadists involved in the November Paris attacks that killed 130 people, in which they threaten "coalition" countries including Britain.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

North Korea detains US student for 'hostile act'

22 Jan North Korea has said it has detained a US university student for committing a "hostile act" against the country who, if confirmed, would be the third western citizen known to be held by the state.

Several children were taken to hospital for treatment

20 children among 44 dead as migrant boats sink

22 Jan At least 44 people, including 20 children, have died after their boats sank on their way from Turkey to Greece today, with dozens of other migrants reported missing, coastguard officials in Greece and Turkey said.

IS is now in control of 60% of the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor

IS releases 270 out of 400 civilians abducted

20 Jan The self-styled Islamic State militant group has released 270 of more than 400 civilians it had abducted during its assault on the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said.