Islamic militants have captured Iraq’s northern capital, Mosul, in a devastating defeat for the Iraqi government, whose forces fled the city discarding weapons and uniforms. The victory by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) is likely to transform the politics of the Middle East as foreign powers realise that an al-Qa’ida-type group has gained control over a large part of northern Iraq and northern Syria. Full story >>
Anarchy is a situation in which people are behaving in a way that ignores normal rules and laws, and are unable to be controlled. • Libya appears to be descending into anarchy.