2,000 AT4 anti-tank weapons are on the way to Iraq to help Iraqi troops counter massive car bombs

US critical of Iraqi forces who 'failed to fight'

24 May US Pentagon chief Ashton Carter has said Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to self-styled Islamic State militants, adding the troops lacked the will to defend themselves.

Police officers in Cleveland on patrol following verdict

Tensions high in Cleveland after officer cleared

24 May Police arrested more than 70 people in Cleveland overnight during protests that flared after a police officer was found not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman following a high-speed car chase in 2012.

Move is a blow to President Obama who wants to end the controversial data gathering

US senate blocks phone data collection

23 May The US Senate has rejected legislation aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records.

Vladimir Putin has officially enacted the controversial law concerning NGOs

US 'troubled' by Russian NGO legislation

24 May The United States said it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organisations.

Rescue workers at a site where shallow graves containing 26 bodies were found near Padang Besar in the southern Thai province of Songkhla

Mass graves discovered in Malaysia

24 May Mass graves and suspected human trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand.

The verdict comes at a time when US police are under scrutiny for their use of force against minority groups

US policeman found not guilty of manslaughter

23 May A police officer was in the US has been found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of an unarmed man and a woman who were killed after a high-speed car chase in 2012.

There are concerns over the fate of antiquities in Palmyra, as IS has previously destroyed heritage sites in areas under its control in Iraq

Islamic State fighters enter Palmyra museum

23 May Fighters from the self-styled Islamic State group have entered the museum in the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, according to the country's antiquities director Mamoun Abdulkarim.

Migrants are fleeing prosecution and poverty

UN chief says saving migrant lives a priority

23 May United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said that saving the lives of migrants stranded at sea in southeast Asia should be a "top priority" as the region battles with an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty.

Greece's interior minister said Athens does not have the money to make June payment

Greece 'will not' make June debt payment

24 May Greece will not make a debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund due next month as it does not have the money, the country's interior minister said.