Syrian refugees wait before the Oncupinar crossing gate near the town of Kilis, in south-central Turkey. Photograph: Getty Images

As the sun inches towards the centre of the sky and noon approaches, the sound of the call to prayer ripples through the air. Here, on the Turkish-Syr(...)

 The German-led patrol will be backed by planes that can monitor the flow of people attempting illegal crossings. Photograph: Ingo Wagner/AP

Nato has sent a patrol of three warships to intercept migrants trying to reach Greece by sea and send them back to Turkey, as Europe steps up efforts (...)

President of Google Europe, Middle East and Africa, Matt Brittin: he told committe he is unaware of his own salary. Photograph: AFP photo/PRU

(...) president of Google Europe, Middle East and Africa insisted that Google was paying the right amount of tax(...)

A paramilitary police officer carrying  the body of Alan Kurdi (3) near the Turkish resort of Bodrum last September.  Images of the boy’s body on the beach galvanised world attention towards the refugee crisis. Photograph: AP Photo/DHA

Two alleged people-smugglers have gone on trial in Turkey accused of causing the death of three-year-old Syrian migrant boy Alan Kurdi and four other(...)

US secretary of defence Ash Carter:  “There is now a criminal syndicate that is exploiting these poor people and this is an organised smuggling operation,” he said. “Targeting that is the way that the greatest effect can be had.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

(...). The numbers of people fleeing war and failing states, mainly in the Middle East and North Africa, show(...)

Syrian refugees at the Turkish Oncupinar crossing gate, near Kilis. About 30,000 Syrians have gathered there, having fled attacks on Aleppo. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

In the southern reaches of Turkey, the war in Syria no longer seems like a conflict in a far-away land. Just over the border in the town of Azaz, th(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin. The head of  the state-controlled oil company told an energy conference  the world’s top producers would not give ground. Photograph: Reuters

(...)-led push for action by crude producing countries. Instead, he used a speech to criticise Middle East(...)

Athenry, Co Galway: frustration within the school community is now at “boiling point”  over halted construction of a new Presentation College secondary school. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

(...) management, which has invited Galway East general election candidates to a public meeting on the issue in(...)

 People trying to  leave the besieged town of Madaya in this file photograph from last month.  Doctors Without Borders says dozens of people have died of starvation in the town since September. Photograph: AP

The residents of the besieged Syrian town of Madaya say they are again facing starvation as meagre supplies delivered last month are already running o(...)

Residents inspect damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held Al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria in early February. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

(...) was bolstering the extremist threat in the Middle East, but the rebels would not give up. On the(...)