Mohammed Alkaran. “At night-time, I think of all the people we left behind. You end up in tears, thinking about them or reading the news. We pray for them all.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It was a bright, blue January morning. The university was bustling with students getting ready for the first day of exams. Mohammed Alkaran, an(...)

A woman and a child injured in  an alleged chemical weapons attack, are treated at a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo today. Photograph: George Ourfalian/Reuters

Syria's government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo today in what would, i(...)