Wafa Mahmoud Yusif and her son Walid, with a photograph of her elder son, who was killed in the Syrian war. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Homs is buzzing with life and light. The streets seethe with traffic, shops and restaurants are doing brisk business, and lights burn day and night as(...)

Ibrahim Talal, from Syria, on Agamy Beach, Alexandria: “This is not where I want to be.” Photograph: Peter Biro/European Union/Echo

“This,” says Ibrahim Talal, sweeping his hand in a dismissive gesture that takes in the teeming high-rise of Alexandria, a city of five million crushe(...)

Members of Syrian Democratic Forces hold a flag of the Islamic State militants recovered at a building next to the stadium in Raqqa, Syria. Photograph: Reuters/Erik De Castro

Islamic State’s rout in the northeastern Iraqi town of Hawija last week heralded the jihadi group’s demise as an ideological, political, military and (...)

Russian  sappers clearing the historic city of Palmyra of mines after it was recaptured from Isis. Photograph: TASS via Getty Images

This week marks the second anniversary of Russia’s direct armed intervention on the Syrian government side, which turned the tide in its favour in the(...)

Kurds celebrate to show their support for the independence referendum in Duhok, Iraq, September 26th, 2017. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

The Iraqi government has rejected negotiations on secession of the Kurdish autonomous region and adjacent Kurdish annexed “disputed areas” following M(...)

CCTV still issued by ITV News appearing to show a person walking with a Lidl bag on the morning of the Parsons Green terror attack. The footage is reported to have been filmed near a house in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, which is at the centre of one of two police raids. Photograph: ITV News/PA Wire

Detectives have been granted more time to question two men held in raids over the Parsons Green terror attack. An 18-year-old man and a 21-year-old (...)

Just as Ryanair  was cancelling flights over the weekend it was sending out emails to customers boasting about the low fares coming down the tracks

Ryanair’s passenger-focused mask slipped badly last week when the “always getting better” claim it has been making since its relatively recent convers(...)

Saturday’s Sligo Global Kitchen at the Model Art Gallery, where lunch was cooked by Syrian refugees based in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

If music really is the food of love, then so too is Ozzi, Fattoush and Baba ghanoush, especially when cooked up in Sligo by a group of enthusiastic Sy(...)

  UN special envoy  for Syria Staffan de Mistura: hopes progress can be achieved in talks between the Syrian government and militants  in Geneva after ceasefires have been agreed in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Syrian army regained territory from Islamic State in central and eastern Syria on Wednesday as ceasefire talks got under way again in Kazakhstan.(...)

Israeli soldiers manoeuvre a tank during a military exercise in the northern part of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on Thursday. An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to discuss reports of a strike in Syria. Photograph:  Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has warned Israel of “dangerous repercussions to the security and stability of the region” after a Syrian military facility in Hama pr(...)