The children of Halima Hawad Al Ali and Abdulmouti Al Ibrahim  at their home in Amman, Jordan. Photograph: Ted Nieters

On their small family farm in the countryside north of Aleppo, where Abdelmouti and his wife Halima grew just enough cotton and fruit to sustain their(...)

The leaders of Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia sign  the peace agreement on Bosnia in  December 1995 whilst world leaders look on. Photo: Getty.

Could Russia’s military intervention in Syria be the prelude to – or even enable – a regional peace deal similar to the 1995 Dayton Agreement, which b(...)

Young Syrian refugees   in the Faydha refugee camp, near Zahle, in the Bekaa Valley,   Lebanon. There are approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

In mid-September I visited Halba in northern Lebanon, approximately 40km from the Syrian border. People there have been living in soaring temperatures(...)

Chief of Staff Mark Mellett (left) warns over “enemies” of the State gaining advantage. Photograph: Alan Betson

Conor Lally Security and Crime Editor The Defence Forces needed to properly harness the “explosion” of data in modern society or risk making terroris(...)

The gains have come as Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian conflict has added a new and uncertain dimension to tensions in the Middle East. Photograph: China Newsphoto/Reuters

Oil prices are on course for one of the biggest weekly gains in six years as rising geopolitical tensions and signs of slowing output brought buyers b(...)

 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: “We must make efforts towards a practical relationship with Russia . . . that must be the case. We can’t go on like this.” Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

The European Commission has denied there are divisions within the European Union over Russia following comments about EU policy by Jean-Claude Junc(...)

Men on motorcycles inspect a site hit by what activists said were air strikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Babila, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipme(...)

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian talks at a Nato defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 8th, 2015. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

France launched a new air strike overnight in Syria against an Islamic State training camp and further strikes will follow, defence minister Jean-Y(...)

Aisling Law, a descendant of Maud Gonne, in Rossnaree House, Slane, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rossnaree House near Slane, Co Meath, is a rambling country pile, with a dog called Rocky and a tabby cat in the porch, and a stop-you-in-your-trac(...)

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter at a Nato defence ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Nato will double the size of its emergency response force and may send ground troops to Turkey, its secretary general said yesterday. Speaking after (...)