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

US air strikes kill 553 in Syria - report

10.54 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.

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.

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.

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.

Palestinians walk through rubble of destroyed homes and buildings in Gaza

Gaza destruction 'beyond description'

15 Oct UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called the destruction in Gaza "beyond description" as Israel opened the border to the first truckloads of building materials for post-war reconstruction.

US fighter jets and bombers took part in the raids, along with aircraft from Saudi Arabia

US-led airstrikes slow IS advance on Kobane

14 Oct US-led aircraft hammered the Islamic State jihadists with 21 bombing raids near Kobane, amid signs the strikes had slowed the group's advance on the Syrian border town.

Iraqis carry the coffin of three victims killed in a car bomb attack in Iraq

Iraq will have to bring fight to IS - Kerry

12 Oct US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was ultimately up to Iraqis to fight back against the self-proclaimed Islamic State group advancing in Iraq despite US-led airstrikes.

A boy walks past tents at a Syrian Kurdish refugee camp in the Turkish town of Suruc

€3.9m aid announced for Kobane refugees

12 Oct The European Commission will give €3.9m in aid to humanitarian groups helping refugees from the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane, a statement said this afternoon.

People watch from Turkey as smoke rises over Kobane after an apparent air strike

Kurdish fighters block IS advance on Kobane

11 Oct Kurdish fighters thwarted a bid by Islamic State group jihadists to advance into the centre of the battleground Syrian town of Kobane early this morning, according to a monitoring group.

All but completely controlled by pro-Russian separatists, Donetsk has come under increased crossfire in recent days

Three killed in shelling in Donetsk

11 Oct Shelling in eastern Ukraine's rebel-held city of Donetsk killed three people over the past 24 hours, local authorities said this morning, in the latest deadly violations of a ceasefire.

Ukrainian servicemen repair their equipment in a base camp near the town of Debaltseve in Donetsk

Three killed in overnight attacks in Donetsk

10 Oct Three Ukrainian civilians have died overnight in mortar fire around Donetsk airport, where government forces held out against pro-Russian rebels in the latest deadly violation of a ceasefire.

The number of daily air strikes near the northern town jumped from five on Tuesday to 28 on Wednesday

IS 'controls a third of Kobane' - monitor

09 Oct The self-proclaimed Islamic State group controls more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobane, a monitoring group said, after three weeks of fighting Kurdish forces backed by US-led air strikes.