Smoke rises from the Syrian village of Quneitra, as seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

No Irish among UN troops seized in Golan Heights

28 Aug The United Nations has confirmed that an armed group captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights today, but a Defence Forces spokesperson has confirmed all Irish personnel are safe and accounted for.

Shelling in Donetsk brought down a tram cable, sitting this car alight and killing three people

Ukraine accuses Russia of fresh incursion

27 Aug Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border this evening, as hopes quickly faded that talks yesterday between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis.

Peter Theo Curtis was released on Sunday

Hostage released by Syrian rebels returns to US

27 Aug Peter Theo Curtis, released from two years of captivity in Syria, has said he is "overwhelmed with emotion" in a brief statement to reporters outside his mother's home in Massachusetts.

A car bomb ripped through a crowded Baghdad intersection during morning rush hour

15 killed in car bomb attack in Baghdad

26 Aug A car bomb in a crowded Baghdad intersection during morning rush hour today killed 15 people and wounded at least 37, security and medical officials have said.

An rebel fighter defends a position in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus in Syria

Islamic State militants storm Syrian airbase

24 Aug Islamic State militants have stormed an air base in northeast Syria, capturing parts of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a monitoring group said.

Mr Kerry said that the US was using"every...tool" at its disposal to secure the release of other Americans held hostage in Syria

American journalist released in Syria

24 Aug American journalist Theo Curtis has been released after being kidnapped in Syria two years ago, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.

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.