Thousands march against xenophobic violence through the streets of Johannesburg on 23 April

SA suspends parliament to fight xenophobia

24 Apr South Africa's parliament will be suspended from next week to enable politicians to return to their constituencies to spread the anti-xenophobia message, in the wake of deadly attacks on African migrants.

Soldiers stand guard in front of the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan

World leaders mark Armenian centenary

24 Apr Armenia marked the centenary of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders as Germany became the latest country to respond to its calls for recognition that it was genocide.

Dr Warren Weinstein along with an Italian aid worker died in the drone strike (Pic: Mike Redwood via EPA)

Obama takes responsibility for hostage deaths

23 Apr US President Barack Obama has said that he takes "full responsibility" for the two aid workers who were "accidentally killed" during a US drone strike on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Smoke rises east of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, following an alleged air strike by the Saudi-led alliance

25 killed in air strike in Yemen

20 Apr An air strike this morning on a Scud missile base in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa triggered a big explosion that killed 25 people and wounded almost 400, state news agency Saba has said.

Volunteers from the Shia Badr Brigade militia fire on IS fighters on the frontline in Ebrahim Ben Ali, Anbar

UN says 90,000 flee fighting in Iraq

19 Apr More than 90,000 people have fled fighting between pro-government forces and the self-styled Islamic State group in the Ramadi area of Iraq's Anbar province, the United Nations said.

Emergency medical aid supplied by the ICRC and UNICEF is unloaded at Sanaa International Airport in Sana'a

UN calls for 'humanitarian pause' in Yemen

10 Apr The United Nations has called for an immediate "humanitarian pause" of at least a few hours each day in Yemen to allow desperately needed aid to enter the conflict-ravaged country.

Mohamed Badie is pictured standing trial in Cairo last year

Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader to death

11 Apr An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and 13 other senior members of the group to death for inciting chaos and violence, and gave a life term to a US-Egyptian citizen for ties to the Brotherhood.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned about the 'devilish' intentions of the US in negotiations

Iran demands lifting of sanctions in nuclear deal

09 Apr Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has demanded all sanctions on Iran be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme is concluded.

Iran has condemned the Saudi-led campaign and called for dialogue

Iran sends warships off Yemeni coast

08 Apr Iran has sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden, according to state media reports, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Iran-allied Houthi movement.

200 mainly elderly Yazidis were released by Islamic State in January

Islamic State frees more than 200 Yazidis

08 Apr The self-styled Islamic State group has freed more than 200 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority it held captive for months, according to a commander in the Kurdish peshmerga security forces.