The remains of the Bel Temple in Palmyra, now reduced to a single arch sitting on top of a mound of whole and broken limestone blocks. Photograph: Martak/AFP/Getty Images

Palmyra is a city of ghosts. Ghosts of a precarious present as well as an illustrious ancient past. The new city has been emptied of its 750,000 citiz(...)

I will be 50 on this 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising. Like many of my age group, I have vivid memories of grandparents who were participants in (...)

A general view taken yesterday shows part of the remains of the Arc de Triomph monument in Palmyra. Photograph: Al Mounes/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s armed forces have driven Islamic State militants out of Palmyra, recapturing the city of Roman ruins as part of a regional push that is puttin(...)

Dr Khaled Alotaibi at the South Circular Road mosque. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Islamic scholar who is visiting Dublin, and has been described as extremist by two leading Irish Muslims, has said he “always encourages young peo(...)

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(...)

A woman carrying a child injured in the triple blast in the Saida Zeinab suburb of Damascus on Sunday. The blasts  killed 90 civilians, 40 security personnel and wounded 150. Photograph: Sana via AP

The UN Relief and Works Agency (Unwra) has condemned a triple bombing at the Saida Zeinab suburb of Damascus on Sunday that killed 90 civilians and 40(...)

 Syrian soldiers inspect the site of bombing  in southern Damascus, Syria, which has killed at least 60 people. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shia fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday when a car bomb and two suicide bombers struck in a district (...)

 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 (...)

A rebel fighter inspects Red Crescent vehicles on their way to al Foua and Kefraya, in Idlib province, Syria, January 11th, 2016. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

An aid convoy entered a besieged Syrian town yesterday where thousands have been trapped without supplies for months and people are reported to have d(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad: targeting of Syria shows Moscow gives priority to strengthening Damascus against near enemies rather than striking Islamic State. Photograph: Sana via Reuters

Russia’s deployment of war planes, missile systems, tanks, and armoured troop carriers has dramatically changed the shape of the conflict on the groun(...)