A Lebanese woman covers her nose from the smell as she walks on a street partly blocked by piles of garbage in Beirut. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

The sky was blue over Beirut yesterday after clearing had been completed of smouldering mounds of rubbish that had remained in the streets for two wee(...)

Residents queueing for humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, Damascus, in March. Photograph: Reuters

Palestinians displaced from Syria’s largest UN camp, in the flashpoint Yarmouk district south of Damascus, face an outbreak of typhoid that could spre(...)

Syrian vendors prepare sweets ahead of celebrations of Eid al-Fitr at the al-Jazmatia market in the al-Midan neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Youssef Basawi/EPA

A white stretch limo pulls into the portico of the four-star Dama Rose Hotel, where a bride in full regalia is escorted into the gleaming marble lobby(...)

Maaloula: the 14th-century Christian town in Syria which is rising again after eight months of occupation by insurgents. Photograph: Michael Jansen

The 14th-century Christian town of Maaloula is rising again from the ruins and rubble of eight months of occupation by insurgents determined to oblite(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks as Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem (centre) and Iran’s minister of culture  Ali Jannati listen during the International Media Conference Against Terrorism in Damascus. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al- Assad yesterday welcomed “positive” changes in western attitudes to the conflict in the country – suggesting the United St(...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and interior minister Mohammed bin Nayef Al Saud (left) said terrorist incidents would not destabilise the kingdom. Photograph: Saudi Press Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has arrested 431 people suspected of belonging to Islamic State (IS) and foiled attacks in Riyadh and the Eastern Province, where the maj(...)

Anti-Houthi  fighters  prepare to go to the frontline  in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

From exile in Saudi Arabia, Yemen’s vice president Khaled Bahah yesterday declared the “liberation” of Aden after four months of deadly and destructiv(...)

As final touches were being put to the text, US president Barack Obama sought to allay the concerns of King Salman of Saudi Arabia

Regional reaction to the Iran nuclear deal depends on alliances. For example, there has been a deafening silence from Saudi royals following Tuesday’s(...)

Deal on nuclear weapons ensures chance of thaw in US-Iran relations. Photograph: Getty Images

The historic deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme can bridge the gulf between Iran’s isolated and sanctions-ridden citizens and the people of the rest(...)

Houthi fighters travel on the back of a patrol truck in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

The week-long unconditional truce in Yemen that began at midnight on Friday aims to allow the delivery of desperately needed food, medicine and fuel t(...)