Syrian troops have been battling IS militants around Palymra

Syrian forces launch air strikes on IS positions

25 May Syrian government aircraft launched at least 15 strikes in and around the ancient city of Palymra today, following its fall to the self-styled Islamic State group, a monitoring group has said.

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.

Families who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by IS group militants, queue to receive aid at a camp in Amiriyat al-Fallujah

US coalition hits IS targets near Ramadi

23 May The United States and its allies have staged 22 air strikes on Islamic State targets since Friday, including four near Ramadi, the city taken by the militants this week, the US military said today.

Barack Obama said denying climate change 'undermines the readiness of our forces'

Obama says climate change threatens US security

21 May Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten US military bases and will change the way the US armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said last night.

Syrians stand and look out on the street of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

IS executes civilians after seizure of Palmyra

21 May Fighters from the self-styled Islamic State militant group have executed at least 17 people, including civilians, after the jihadists seized Syria's ancient city of Palmyra on Thursday, a monitor said.

The seizure of government buildings comes as IS release a video of the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

IS seizes government HQ in Ramadi

15 May Fighters from the so-called Islamic State group are said to have taken over the main government compound in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.

Police officers removing rocks from a barricade set up by protesters as they face them in the capital Bujumbura

Burundi's president addresses failed coup

15 May Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza said in his first address to the nation after a failed coup against him that the country is at peace and all of its borders are now open.

Hosni Mubarak's lawyers may try to appeal the verdict

Mubarak sentenced to three years in prison

09 May An Egyptian court sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in jail without parole this morning in the retrial of a corruption case.

Scene of attack by gunmen on bus carrying Shia Muslims

43 killed in Pakistan bus attack

13 May At least 43 Shia Muslims were killed and 13 wounded when gunmen opened fire on their bus in Karachi, Pakistani police have said.

The parade has been seen as a conspicuous show of military might

Russia holds huge parade to mark WWII victory

09 May Thousands of Russian troops marched across Red Square, tanks rumbled through the streets and jets screamed overhead this morning in a huge military parade marking the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany.

Yesterday the civil aviation authority in Sanaa announced it would temporarily reopen the airport

Fresh air strikes hit Yemen's main airport

09 May Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition struck Sanaa's international airport this morning, shortly after authorities in the rebel-controlled Yemeni capital said it would reopen to receive humanitarian aid, witnesses said.