Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (left)

UN urges Russia and US to make Syria agreement

12 Oct The UN mediator trying to convene Syria peace talks has said it was urgent for Russia and the United States to reach an understanding to avert a military escalation that could effectively dismember the country.

Palestinian protesters line up as they clash with Israeli border police in Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem

Clashes continue in Jerusalem

10 Oct Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during late night clashes in an East Jerusalem refugee camp, while a new stabbing in Jerusalem wounded two Israelis today.

United Nations envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon speaks to the media in Skhirat, Morocco

Libya agrees new national unity government - UN

09 Oct Libya has agreed to form a new national government headed by Prime Minister Fayez el-Sarraj after months of difficult negotiations, United Nations envoy Bernardino Leon said this morning.

Peter Sutherland has said  millions more Syrians could now be forced from the country

US abandoning plans to train Syrian rebels

09 Oct The United States is to largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting the so-called Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, according to the Obama administration.

The head of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee announces the winner of 2015 Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisian panel wins Nobel Peace Prize

09 Oct Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contribution to building democracy after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011.

Western Balkan countries have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis

EU governments agree to step up deportations

08 Oct European Union governments have agreed to step up deportations of illegal immigrants and discussed creating an EU border force among measures to cope with hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria's civil war.

Footage released by the Russian Defence Ministry showing a drone taking aim at what it says is an IS truck

Putin says Syria campaign going well

07 Oct Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said the Russian campaign in Syria seemed to be going well, although it was too early to discuss the result.

The Arch of Triumph pictured before its destruction by IS

Palmyra's 'Arch of Triumph' destroyed by IS

05 Oct The so-called Islamic State is reported to have destroyed the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief said.

The two Israelis were killed in an alleyway of Jerusalem's Old City

Palestinians stab Israelis in two attacks

04 Oct A Palestinian man stabbed and wounded an Israeli teenager in Jerusalem today, just hours after another knife-wielding attacker killed an off-duty Israeli soldier and a rabbi nearby in the walled Old City, police said.

MSF said their staff were in shock  after the strikes

US military conducted air strike near MSF hospital

03 Oct The US military has said it conducted an air strike near a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz where 19 staff and patients, including three children, were killed in a blast.

Barack Obama said Russia was not distinguishing between the so-called IS and moderate Sunni opposition

US condemns Russia's actions in Syria

02 Oct US President Barack Obama has warned that Russia's military engagement in Syria in support of strongman Bashar al-Assad is a "recipe for disaster," though Washington could still work with Moscow on reducing tensions.

Afghan security forces make their way to the centre of Kunduz to regain control of the city

Afghan forces retake city from Taliban

01 Oct Afghan forces have retaken control of the strategic northern city of Kunduz after a three-day Taliban occupation that dealt a blow to the country's NATO-trained military.

Russian Defence Ministry image of an air strike on a target in Syria

Russia launches further air strikes in Syria

01 Oct Russian jets have continued to bomb rebel positions in Syria today including areas in the northwest of the country held by an alliance of insurgents including al Qaeda's Nusra Front.

The strikes included areas in Homs and Hama provinces

US and Russia to hold military meeting on Syria

30 Sep The US and Russian militaries could hold talks as early as tomorrow on ensuring that they do not inadvertently come into conflict in their air strikes in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

An Afghan policeman holds a gun on his shoulder a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city of Kunduz

Battle to retake Afghan city from Taliban

30 Sep Heavy fighting raged inside the key northern Afghan city of Kunduz for a third day today as government forces, backed by US air strikes, battled Taliban insurgents.