Soldiers  from the 53rd Infantry Group  training in the Glen of Imaal.   Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Defence Forces’ 53rd Infantry Group is completing its Mission Readiness Exercise (MRX) in the Glen of Imaal in preparation for United Nations depl(...)

Saad Hariri, the son of assassinated former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, is so fearful of an assassin’s bomb or bullet that he lives in Riyadh and Paris. Photograph: EPA

Angered over Beirut’s failure to condemn an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and meet key Saudi political demands, Riyadh has cancelled a $4 bill(...)

Islamic State captured ground from Syrian government forces near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Monday, a group monitoring the war said, pressing (...)

 Syrians wait on Monday for the arrival of an aid convoy  in the besieged town of Madaya, where more than two dozen people are reported to have starved to death. Photograph: Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images

The first trucks from a convoy carrying food and medical aid entered the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Monday, only to discover harrowing scenes (...)

Egyptians light candles as the French and Egyptian flags and France’s national colours are projected onto one of the pyramids at Giza, outside Cairo,   in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks. The words on the pyramid read: “Solidarity with France”. Photograph:  Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt lit the Giza pyramids on Sunday night with the colours of the flags of both France and Russia in solidarity with the victims of Islamic State at(...)

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who will lead his country’s delegation at talks in Vienna on the Syrian war. Photograph: Raheb Homavandi/Tima/Reuters

Iran is to join this week’s summit in Vienna on Syria in a long-sought diplomatic breakthrough that convenes a formal discussion for the first time be(...)

The mother (right) of Lebanese soldier Ali Ahmed Hammadi al-Kharrat, who was killed by a bomb near the border town of Arsal, mourns with relatives at his coffin during his funeral in Sidon. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

Fortified checkpoints manned by bored Lebanese soldiers surround the south Beirut suburbs known as the Dahiyeh, a stronghold of the Shia Hizbullah mov(...)

Hizbullah supporters and relatives of members of the the Islamic Shia movement attend the funeral yesterday of a Hizbullah fighter who died in the Syrian conflict in Ouzai in Beirut. Photograph: Issam Kobeisy/Reuters

Two crude rockets fired from the Lebanese coastal mountain range into a Shia majority neighbourhood in south (...)

A Lebanese army soldier walks on a patrol after being  in the northern port city of Tripoli. Photograph: Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

The northern Lebanese port of Tripoli has been caught up in the battle between Syrian troops bolstered by Lebanese Shia Hiz(...)

Syrian information minister Omran Zoabi: said Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should “step down as a killer and a butcher”. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri

Damascus yesterday denied involvement in twin bombings in southern Turkey that killed 50 people and injured 155 on Saturday, a(...)