The militants, who attacked two Roman-era temples in the city previously, blew up the tombs dating from between 44 and 103 AD, Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters. Unesco had already condemned the attacks on Palmyra as a war crime.
The United Arab Emirates said on Friday that 22 of its soldiers, who took part in a Saudi-led coalition battling rebels, had been killed in Yemen - its biggest losses so far. But the Yemeni military sources blamed it as an "accidental explosion".
The photographer who shot the heart-wrenching picture showing a Syrian toddler's lifeless body washed ashore Turkey's Aegean coast said she was "petrified".
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in the charged atmosphere of anti-immigration rhetoric in Britain, the powerful photo of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up dead on a Turkish beach has changed the Conservative government’s policy.
Saudi King Salman will meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday to seek more support in countering Iran, as the Obama administration aims to use the visit to strengthen relations after a period of tensions.
An Egyptian billionaire has offered to buy an island off Greece or Italy and develop it to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from Syria and other conflicts.
Thai authorities unveiled the restored centerpiece of the Erawan Shrine almost three weeks after a deadly bombing that left 20 dead, in a bid to boost confidence among Bangkok's tourism and business communities.
Two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother as they were trying to reach Greece were laid to rest in the Syrian town of Kobani on Friday, a Reuters witness said.
The silly season is coming to a close but there’s just about time for that quirky British award: the winner of the 2015 Bad Grammar Award will be revealed next Thursday from a short-list that includes online retail giant Amazon and former foreign secretary William Hague.
The father of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi whose fate shocked the world returned home on Friday to bury his family as European ministers tried to thrash out differences on binding refugee quotas to ease the crisis.
Images of Aylan, showing the little boy wearing a bright red T-shirt and shorts and lying face down in the surf on a beach near the resort town of Bodrum, went viral on social media and appeared on the front pages of newspapers in several countries.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to draw up a plan on Friday as a response to growing pressure to accept Syrian refugees, thousands of them directly from UN camps on the border with Syria.
Turkish authorities stopped 57 people trying to cross to the Greek island of Kos on Thursday night, as migrants trying to reach Europe remained undeterred by the drowning of two children this week on the same route.
US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday rejected a notion voiced by front-running rival Donald Trump that people should speak English in the United States.
The speaker of Iran's parliament hinted in a US radio interview Thursday at the possibility of a prisoner swap to free detained Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian.