Syrian residents flee violence in the eastern rebel-held parts of Aleppo through the Bab al-Hadid district after it was seized by government forces. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty

Election of Trump and assault on Mosul have added urgency to bombing campaign

Displaced people in Mosul flee Islamic State on Tuesday. A defeat of the jihadists could trigger conflicts between the forces now attacking it. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Analysis: Defeat of the terror group could lead to the return of al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq

A member of Iraqi army walks at the remains of wall panels and colossal statues of winged bulls, destroyed by Islamic State militants in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, south of Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Unlike Palmyra, the heart of the Assyrian empire has been reduced to rubble

US president Barack Obama: his decision shows “a belated realisation that Nusra has become the most powerful insurgent group in Syria”. Photograph: Ron Sachs/Getty Images

US president’s order to ‘track and slay’ jihadi group’s leaders signals turnabout in policy

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu stands next to US president-elect Donald Trump during their meeting in New York in September. Photograph: Reuters

Republican gets flurry of congratulatory calls, as some worry about his anti-Islam remarks

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon   and Greek Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades at the    Cyprus peace talks in  Switzerland. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

Warning Turkey could annex north if solution not found before end-of-year deadline

Syrian Democratic Forces  commanders attend a news conference in Ain Issa, Raqqa Governorate. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Analysis: Turkish intervention complicates two-stage offensive by Kurdish-Arab SDF

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri takes a selfie with journalists at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The country’s system creates power-sharing among the main confessional communities

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Trump would provide strong leadership if elected president of the US, but was cool toward Clinton, who  criticised his human rights record. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Two-thirds of those polled in nine Arab countries said they viewed US negatively

Former general Michel Aoun commanded the country’s armed forces during the waning years of Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war. Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Election by parliament will end 2½ years of caretaker government and no head of state

An Iraqi special forces soldier looks inside the entrance of a tunnel used by Islamic State militants in a restaurant in Bazwaya, east of Mosul, on Thursday. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Analysis: Scores of villagers used as human shields and oil wells set alight

A girl displaced by the fighting near Mosul at a checkpoint in Qayyara on Wednesday. Humanitarian agencies fear a catastrophic outflow of civilians from Mosul if there is heavy bombardment and urban warfare. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Iraq’s second largest city has been under the control of Islamic State since June 2014

Displaced Iraqi children, who fled Falluja because of Islamic State violence, at a camp on the outskirts of the city this summer. Amnesty International says some of those fleeing Falluja were subjected to human rights abuses by security forces and Popular Mobilisation Units comprised of mainly Shia militias. Photograph: Reuters

Amnesty report claims displaced Sunni Arabs subjected to human rights violations

Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi speaks on state TV on Sunday as he announces the start of an offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State. Photoghraph: Office of Iraqi prime minister

The city is Baghdad’s chief strategic, political and economic objective in the struggle for Iraq

The settlement at Harjileh for displaced residents of the Damascus suburb of Daraya. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Some of the displaced population of the now empty town of Daraya have recently moved into newly built UN housing in Harjileh,(...)

Pro-government Syrian soldiers patrol the area of Awijah as they advance into Aleppo’s rebel-held neighbourhoods. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Damascus and Moscow are concerned about the foreign policy of next US president

Members of the United Nations Development Programme perform restoration work in a damaged alley of the ancient market in the heart of the mostly government-controlled Syrian city of Homs. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

UN programme brings traders back to battle-scarred 4,000 year-old Syrian souk

Syrians  outside the Omayyad Mosque in central Damascus. In many areas of Syria life continues as usual.  Photograph:  Joseph Eid/AFP

In Damascus, Homs, Hama, and coastal cities, Syrians live as normally as they can

Syrian civilians and rescuers gather at site of government forces airstrikes in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Shaar in Aleppo. Photograph: Getty Images

City’s recapture would put 70% of population back under Damascus government control

Syrians carry a body following bombardment on the al-Marja neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: US failure to persuade allies to break links to Al-Qaeda-linked group is key issue

Members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivering aid boxes in Douma, a flashpoint near Damascus, last May. Photograph: Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society has lost 54 staff and volunteers in six-year conflict

Pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca. Photograph: Getty Images

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Iranians are not joining the annual Hajj pilgrimage

Turkish troops   on the road near the Syrian village of Tuwairan, about 2km from the border with Turkey, on Monday. Photograph: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Incursion prevents Kurds from uniting and pushes jihadists from border areas

Yemeni explosives experts from the police department examine  an unexploded rocket fired  during  an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition in Tahrir Square, in the centre of the capital Sanaa, on Thursday. Photograph:  Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

Figure nearly double the number previously given by UN and could be much higher

Damaged and collapsed buildings in the Syrian town of Daraya.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Damascus suburb significant as one of first areas to protest against Bashar al-Assad

 Turkish Army tanks driving to the Syrian Turkish border town of Jarabulus. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Struggle for power around Turkish-Syrian border is becoming fraught amid Isis rout

A Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bomber based at Hamedan airbase in Iran releasing its payload while carrying out airstrikes in the Deir ez-Zor province of Syria. Until last week Russia and Iran were the military mainstays of the overstretched and undermanned Syrian army. Photograph: EPA

Country has joined Russia and Iran in supporting the Syrian government in war

Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh sits with his sister inside an ambulance after they were rescued following an airstrike in the  al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Rslan/Reuters

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura says no convoys have reached certain cities for 110 days

Iraqi security forces are preparing for an offensive that could be days or weeks away. Photograph: Reuters

Operation to wrest control of Islamic State stronghold marked by careful planning

Civilians evacuated from an Islamic State-controlled neighbourhood of Manbij. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Turkey blocks efforts of largely Kurdish Democratic Forces to capture border town

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and  Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin: Co-operation between Moscow and Ankara was agreed by  Putin and  Erdogan who is angered over western criticism of his policies and seeking realignment. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Russia is calling the shots in Syria as it works to strengthen its links with Turkey

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, gather in a street in  Aleppo over the weekend. Photograph: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

If east-west territorial status quo remains neither side gains leverage in Geneva talks

Burning tyres in Aleppo which activists say are used to create smoke cover from warplanes. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

It could see end to conflict or its spread to Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and wider Middle East

A man rides a bicycle past burning tyres, which activists said are used to create smoke cover from warplanes, in Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Insurgents stage largest offensive against government forces since fight for city began

Jabhat al-Nusra fighters march towards the northern Syrian village of al-Aie in Aleppo province. The group is the most powerful fundamentalist faction in the country. Photograph: Al-Nusra Front via AP

Analysis: Fundamentalist faction is less under threat than its rival Islamic State

Graffiti is seen on a wall outside the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, Cyprus. The graffiti on the wall reads “Peace in Cyprus”. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Talks ‘poisoned’ by Turkish prime minister’s statement on Greek Cypriots

Saudi Arabian women at the opposite side of a  hallway from men in a hotel in Riyadh: a Human Rights Watch report finds they are treated from birth to death as “permanent legal minors”. Photograph:  Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Human Rights Watch report finds male guardianship one of worst curbs on females

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan: He  could dangerously weaken the armed forces by mounting a purge. Photograph: Kenan Gurbuz /Reuters

The Turkish government is expected to make a clean sweep of dissidents after the failed coup

A file photograph from May 2016 showing Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan between Turkey’s chief of staff General Hulusi Akar  and Greek Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkish president has become increasingly autocratic since being elected in 2013

Fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units, supporting Iraqi  government forces, and members of the Iraqi police pose with an Islamic State flag in Falluja on June 28th after Iraqi forces retook the city from the jihadists. File photograph: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Isis targets civilians and tries to stir sectarian strife amid onslaught in Syria and Iraq

A British soldier secures an area near the burning oil export pipeline – from the southern city of Basra, 500km from Baghdad, to the Faw peninsula on the Gulf – in March 2004, in the Maamer zone 100km further south of Basra. Photograph: Joseph Barrak/AFP/Getty Images

Thirteen years after the US-British invasion, we are still reaping a whirlwind of violence

Women mourn on Monday at the site of the bomb attack in Baghdad’s Karrada neighbourhood at the weekend that killed more than 150 people. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State bombings during holy month goes against the teachings of the Koran

 Iraqi men mourn over a body after they lost five members of their family in a suicide bombing that ripped through Baghdad’s busy shopping district of Karrada. Photograph: Haidar Hamdanihaidar/Getty Images

149 people dead and 192 injured after Islamic State bombers targeted Karrada district

A  child displaced by Islamic State violence  in a tent at a refugee camp in the Makhmour area near Mosul, Iraq. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

‘A Heavy Price for Children’ report finds serious risk of death, violence and abduction

Displaced Iraqi children, who fled from Falluja because of Islamic State violence, are seen at a camp on the outskirts of Falluja, Iraq: recent arrivals suffer extreme temperatures without shelter in the desert. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

UNHCR says €15m urgently needed to provide relief supplies to 85,000 in desert camps

Displaced children from the Iraqi minority Yazidi sect, fleeing  Islamic State terrorists in Sinjar in 2014. Photograph: Reuters

Isis ‘has subjected every Yazidi woman, child or man it has captured to the most horrific of atrocities’

Saudi deputy crown prince Mohamed bin Salman (left) began his US tour with an iftar  at the home of John Kerry. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

White House keeps Prince Mohamed bin Salman in suspense on Washington visit

UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Iraq Lise Grande visits at a refugee camp in Ameriyat Falluja, south of Falluja, Iraq. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Thousands in Iraq are risking their lives to reach army lines on a protected corridor

  Iraqi security forces detain dozens of men from  Fallujah  for interrogation on suspicion of belonging to Isis during a military operation  to take back the city. Photograph:  EPA

Al-Qaeda Central leader and Osama bin-Laden’s son call for jihadists to unite

Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi has to prevent a massacre of residents and the devastation of the city. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters.

Iraq’s post-US occupation army is sectarian with Sunnis excluded as officers and soldiers

Mohammed Alloush who has resigned as chief negotiator for the opposition at the Syrian peace talks. Photograph: Bassam Hatoum/AP

Preoccupation of Damascus, Moscow and Washington withn battle against Islamic State has allowed ceasefire to break down

An Iraqi Shia fighter close to Falluja on Tuesday. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Analysis: Iraq’s prime minister needs to retake the city to maintain the support of Shias

A blazing car after explosions hit the Syrian city of Tartous. Photograph: Syrian Arab News Agency handout via Reuters

Neither Russian military nor Syria’s coastal enclave is secure from attack

 A Yemeni vendor waits for customers at a market in the old city of Sana’a. Photograph: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

UN has only reached one-third of the 180,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition

US secretary of state John Kerry meeting Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Jeddah on Sunday for consultation ahead of another week of high-stakes diplomacy on the Syria conflict. Photograph: AFP/US State Department

International Syria Support Group meeting in Vienna, but little hope of political settlement

Fighters from Iraqi pro-government forces hold up an Islamic State flag and flash the V-sign during a military operation against Isis near Amriyat al-Falluja, 30km south of the besieged city of Fallujah. Photograph: Moadh al-Dulaimi/AFP/Getty Images

Extreme inflation and shortages take a toll on cities in Iraq and Syria occupied by Isis

Damaged buildings in the rebel-held area of Old Aleppo in Syria. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Loss of manufacturing hub would constitute a significant reversal for government forces

Savan and Megha: His name means “seasonal rain”, a perfect match for “megha” – cloud

The marriage of Megha and Savan is steeped in ritual and spirituality

Protesters in Baghdad’s parliament building after breaching the heavily fortified Green Zone:  they demand electricity, water and an end to corruption and the ethno-sectarian regime imposed on Iraq in 2003. Photograph:  Ahmed Saad/Reuters

Analysis: The country needs to move away from politics based on religion and ethnicity

A civil defence member carries a child that survived from under the rubble at a site hit by air strikes in the insurgent-held area of Old Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday.  Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

UN warns Syrian ceasefire ‘hangs by thread’ after heavy casualties in Aleppo attack

Syrians evacuate the area following an air strike on the rebel-held eastern Bab al-Nayrab neighbourhod of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Photograph:  Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State claims responsibility for hospital suicide bombing in which 15 die

Residents wait in line to receive food aid distributed in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria: This year access has been secured to 16 of 18 besieged areas of the city and aid agencies have entered hard-to-reach locations . Photograph: United Nation Relief and Works Agency/Getty Images

Unicef and other groups in Damascus slowly win the trust of people who need their help

Syria’s foreign minister Walid Muallem meets with the UN peace envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in  Damascus on Monday ahead of the new round of talks which begin in Geneva on Wednesday. Photograph: Syrian Arab News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Delegations to focus on political transition, governance and constitutional principles

Syrian children in the neighbourhood of Jobar,   Damascus. Photograph: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian capital is finally at ease after years of siege, but cash is tight and corruption rife

A Syrian government forces recruit sits near a destroyed building in al-Qaryatain, a town in the province of Homs in central Syria, after Syrian troops regained control from Islamic State on April 3rd. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State has been driven out of Al-Qaryatain – a ruin ‘where nothing is left’

Rubble where Isis explosives levelled walls and most of the Roman columns of the city gate in Palmyra. Syria’s director of antiquities said: “I can give you a promise that we can finish the maximum of the work within five years.” Photographs Bryan Denton/The New York Times

While Isis did a lot of damage to heritage, reconstruction may be achieved by 2021

The remains of the Bel Temple in Palmyra, now reduced to a single arch sitting on top of a mound of whole and broken limestone blocks. Photograph: Martak/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian city has had many conquerors, but none as brutal or destructive as Islamic State

A man believed to be the hijacker of the EgyptAir Airbus 320 leaves the plane  before surrendering to security forces after a seven-hour standoff at Larnaca airport, Cyprus. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Nicos Anastasiades praises police for their efforts in ensuring safety of all on board

Part of Palmyra city yesterday, after government troops recaptured the world heritage site. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Assad’s troops also strategically in position to cut Isis capital off from Iraq

An Islamic State fighter fires a weapon in this still image taken from a video said to be taken on the outskirts of Palmyra. Photograph: Reuters

Military and financial pressures are hitting the group which has lost 20% of territory

Supporters of the Syrian opposition protest during a rally in Geneva on March 19th to commemorate the fifth year of the Syrian war. Photograph: Salvartore Di Nolfi/EPA

Coalition wants to help highly-qualified refugees fill jobs that Turks do not want

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura: tasked with finding a formula both sides can accept. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/Getty Images

Damascus and main opposition coalition still poles apart

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura (centre) heads to a meeting with the High Negotiations Committee  during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government dismisses declaration by Kurdish Democratic Union party

The Syrian government’s head of delegation, Bashar al-Jaafari, arriving for a meeting with UN mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura at the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday. Photograph:  Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Move comes as Kurds announce plan for federal state in northern Syria

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon:  he marked the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict by calling for its end. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

UN secretary general says consequences for talks’ failure ‘too frightening to contemplate’

 Russian president Vladimir Putin : Moscow has been the main political and military power broker on the Syrian scene based on the 9,000 sorties its war planes have flown against anti-government insurgents. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Military leverage brought to Syrian battlefield disappears just as crucial talks begin

Russian president  Putin  with his  minister of foreign affairs Sergey Lavrov  in the Kremlin, Moscow. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Russian maneouvre unnerves UN delegates as talks to end five-year conflict begin

UN special envoy   for Syria Staffan de Mistura:  He warned about “spoilers” such as Islamic State and  Jabhat al-Nusra  who are eager to see the talks in Geneva  fail. Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura says peace talks are the sole viable option for Syria

UN mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura: Kurds have a right to be included in future talks. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters/Files

Role of president Bashar al-Assad is main point of contention between factions

Families  flee  fighting between Islamic State and government forces in Iraq: A  survey of the militant group’s  propaganda found  videos of children employed in combat, suicide bombings and executions, and attending training camps. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Children being brutalised and indoctrinated in Isis ideology at training camps

A market in   an eastern rebel-held district of Aleppo: a fragile ceasefire in Syria has allowed people in the besieged city to leave their homes and shop, and visit friends and relatives. Photograph: Karam al-Masri/AFP/Getty Images

Decision eases concern about boycott of UN-mediated talks to end five-year conflict

Saad Hariri, the son of assassinated former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, is so fearful of an assassin’s bomb or bullet that he lives in Riyadh and Paris. Photograph: EPA

Riyadh cancels €3.6 billion grant for buying arms

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad agreed on Tuesday to adhere to the cessation. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian army focus shifts to Isis-held Raqqa to pre-empt US-led coalition ground operations

Russian president Vladimir Putin has pledged to do “whatever is necessary” to carry out the ceasefire and the “complicated” process of negotiating peace. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin.

Opposition representing 100 armed factions says it will observe two-week truce

A woman carrying a child injured in the triple blast in the Saida Zeinab suburb of Damascus on Sunday. The blasts  killed 90 civilians, 40 security personnel and wounded 150. Photograph: Sana via AP

Near simultaneous explosions occurred at a marketplace near three primary schools

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference with Jordan’s foreign minister Nasser Judeh in Amman on Sunday. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters.

John Kerry says hostilities could end ‘in days’ as he agrees ceasefire terms with Lavrov

Druze men from the village of Buqatat carry a picture of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad during a rally in support of the Syrian regime at the weekend. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Class resentment and drought fuelled conflict, which grew in to a proxy war

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state John Kerry  in Munich. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

Analysis: US co-operation means humanitarian aid can be delivered, and ceasefires may hold

Syrians fleeing the battle for control of Aleppo walk towards the Turkish border at the Bab al-Salam border gate, on February 5th. The districts held by anti-governmetn forces  in Aleppo are a prize they dare not lose. Photograph: Depo Photos via AP

Wresting control of city from various factions key to Assad’s bid for legitimacy

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announces the suspension of peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday. Photograph: Martial Trezzin/Keystone via APi

Analysis: Blame for derailed negotiations is being passed between the powers involved

Al Zaatari  camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq. Jordan’s King Abdullah said  his people could not accept any more refugees. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

John Ging outlines humanitarian challenge ahead of London summit to raise money for Syria

UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura (second from left) during Syrian peace talks. “The first, immediate objective is to ensure talks are ongoing and everyone is on board,” he said. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

UN human rights chief calls for ‘no amnesty’ for war crimes or crimes against humanity

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura: said he is “optimistic and determined because it’s an historic occasion not to be missed.” Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Ban Ki-moon calls on all parties to put Syrian people ‘at the heart of their discussions’

Indirect peace talks aimed at resolving Syria’s five-year conflict began Friday at the UN headquarters in Geneva, without the participation of the main opposition group. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP

UN envoy chides Riyadh-based opposition for boycotting negotiations in Geneva to end war

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was told to ‘step aside’ by US president Barack Obama in 2011. Photograph: EPA

Analysis: Crisis might have been resolved in 2011 if US president had not intervened

A Syrian protester waves a national flag at a rally  in June 2011.  Five years of this conflict have been too much, says UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. Photograph: AP Photo

Long-awaited negotiations to end the five-year war in Syria begin in Geneva today

 Walid Muallem, Deputy Prime Minister of Syria:  will head the government delegation to UN-brokered peace talks. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Council will be included at a ‘later stage’

Yacoub El Hillo, UN Resident and Humanitarian Co-ordinator  for the Syrian Arab Republic, informs the media on the humanitarian situation of Syria. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Humanitarian officials say priority must be given to the humanitarian situation in talks

UN special envoy  Staffan de Mistura  announcing at a press conference in Geneva on Monday that Syrian peace talks are to begin on Friday. Photograph:  Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Multilateral meetings in Geneva expected to last six months, with ceasefire a priority

Protesters clash with riot police in Cairo, January 2011. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP Photo

In spite of Morsi’s abuse of power in wake of the 2011 revolution, idealism still exists

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