Syrians enjoy a snack in a park in the city of Damascus. The war in Syria is entering its fifth year. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The avenues and streets of Damascus are alive with the thrum of traffic, the pavements with the tramp of feet of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who (...)

An elderly Ukrainian man is helped by a Ukrainian army soldier and a citizen during a evacuation of civilians from Debaltseve in the Donetsk region. Photograph: AFP Photo / Manu Brabomanu Brabo

International aid agencies are warning of a deepening humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine, as Nato states consider supplying weapons to Ukrainian (...)

Kiev refused to let the Russian convoy  enter Ukraine after Russia said it had no plans to transfer the aid to vehicles provided by the Red Cross, which would distribute it in Luhansk region. Photograph:   Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

A controversial aid convoy of Russian military trucks halted near a rebel-held stretch of Ukraine’s border last night, as Kiev continued to insist on(...)

A woman reacts at the funeral of seven members of her family who were killed overnight in an attack in Gaza City. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

Palestinian civilians in densely populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel’s military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the(...)

A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Syrian Arab Red Crescent team arrives to the Bustan al-Qasser neighbourhood in Aleppo, which is controlled by opposition forces. Photograph: EPA/UNHCR

Fighting, and the calculations of both the Syrian government and insurgents, determine whether civilians in contested areas eat, drink, cook an(...)

Residents gather near damaged cars at a site hit by what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, near a children’s park in Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograpgh: Yousef Albostany/Reuters

During a brief encounter with Syrian Arab Red Crescent (Sarc) president Abdul Rahman Attar on the stair at the organisation’s headquarters, I congratu(...)

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and US secretary of state John Kerry spoke of a need for a cohesive force that could bring people together. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Reuters

A car bomb that killed 39 in northern Syria yesterday added urgency to the declaration by US secretary of state John Kerry and UN envoy Lakhdar Brahim(...)