Members of al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front fire their weapon during an offensive to take control of the northwestern city of Ariha in Idlib province. Photograph: Reuters/Ammar Abdullah

A coalition of rebel groups has said it seized the last city in Idlib province in northwest Syria near the Turkish border. The Syrian army pulled back(...)

The Syrian war has killed more than 220,000 people. Of the country’s roughly 23 million people, some 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian aid, including 5 million children. Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

The United Nations’ outgoing humanitarian chief on Thursday painted a harrowing portrait of savagery in Syria’s civil war, now in its fifth year, and (...)

Fiat’s first mid-size car for almost a decade was unveiled at the Istanbul motor show

Fiat has finally given us a look at its first mid-size car for almost a decade, with the unveiling of the Agea, the car that will replace the ancient (...)

In Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Reserve, warden Gor Hovhannisyan and guide Vahagn Vardumyan check a camera trap. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

High on an Armenian hillside, Gor Hovhannisyan eases a camouflage-green box from its hiding place in the trees and opens the back to see what he has c(...)

Sarah Francis and Una Mullally after voting  on  Pearse street in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson 3:59

We knew it by Friday afternoon. This referendum was always going to live or die on turnout. A high turnout would mean the dedicated base of No voters (...)

 Ursula Halligan:  ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this. I  can’t believe I’m telling everyone I’m 54.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 0:37

Nobody was thinking of the chickens yesterday. Waving their optimistic little wings from the corner. Begging to be counted. But universally shunned.Th(...)

Islamic State militants who have taken over Palmyra have  imposed a curfew from 5pm until sunrise and banned people from leaving town until Saturday morning to ensure no government-linked figures they are seeking manage to escape, activists and officials said. File photograph: Christophe Charon/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants have been searching through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, and activists are claiming at least(...)

19-year-old Hosam from Damascus has joined the thousands of migrants attempting to reach Europe. In order to get there, Hosam says,  he will have to pay smugglers €6,000. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Hosam Hamada is somewhere on the open Mediterranean Sea, the hope of a new life and the black water below for company. He and his fellow migrants – fl(...)

Britain’s Prince Charles arrived at the National University of Ireland in Galwayon Tuesday, May 18th.  Photograph: Darren Staples/Retuers

“Mr Flanagan, a daoine uaiseala (Ladies and gentlemen),I must just say, before going any further, what a treat it was to hear real Irish music - one c(...)

Mutlu Kaya, a 19-year-old Kurd, gained national attention in Turkey in a popular TV talent contest.

A man was in custody yesterday after a young female talent show singer was shot in the head in southeast Turkey, the latest high-profile attack upon a(...)