Africa and the Middle East mainly because of fewer tourists visiting the region and economic downturn in(...)

The rebel held al-Sakhour neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria this week. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

At least 500 people have been killed during fighting in Aleppo province since the start of a Syrian army and allied forces offensive began in early Fe(...)

Refugees  near the Syrian border in Kilis, Turkey. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

Saudi Arabia is discussing plans to deploy ground troops with regional allies, including Turkey, for a safe zone in Syria, in a last-ditch effort to k(...)

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

(...), which occupy territory in the Aleppo countryside north and east of the city, are also involved in the(...)

Israeli-Arab members of the Knesset Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas: The three have been temporarily suspended from the Israeli parliament  over a meeting they held last week with the families of Palestinians killed while attacking Israelis. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

(...) meeting in east Jerusalem was a humanitarian gesture, aimed at hearing the families’ request for the(...)

 Syrian refugees   at the closed  border gate   in Kilis, Turkey:  Local councils in Aleppo  estimate that  100,000-150,000 civilians could flee the city if Russian air strikes continue. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty

Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said(...)

In its Lenten campaign this year, the biggest annual fundraising campaign in Ireland, the Trócaire box is featuring people from Ireland celebrating the charity’s supporters and all who are fighting for justice for the world’s poor. Photograph: Trócaire website

(...), Latin America, Asia and the Middle East and included 45,000 families who got access to local resources(...)

Iraqi  forces   on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi: The recapture of the area from Islamic State secures a link between the city  and  an  army base operated by US-led coalition forces. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters

Iraqi forces recaptured territory east of Ramadi from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, linking(...)

Egypt’s interior minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar  rejects charges of Egyptian security force involvement in the case of Italian Giulio Regeni, who was found dead bearing signs of torture after disappearing in Cairo last month. Photograph:  Mostafa Abulezz/AFP/Getty Images

Italy demanded on Monday that Egypt catch and punish those responsible for the death of a student found tortured by a roadside in Cairo, and the Egyp(...)

 Paulo Pinheiro (left), chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, and  Carla del Ponte (right), member of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, arrive for a press conference on the report, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention in the Syrian Arab Republic,  at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

(...)-level and middle-level perpetrators because they are foreign fighters, not high-ranking.” The Nusra Front(...)