Jordanian emergency services and security forces at a damaged building during a police raid on a house sheltering terrorists suspected of detonating  a bomb under a police van. Photograph:  Getty Images

Bomb was detonated under a police car and four security men were killed in shoot-out

Syrians gather at a site of car bomb in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Fears that many thousands of civilians could be displaced in event of devastating battle

Counting Iranian Rials as Washington reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, triggering a mix of anger, fear and defiance in Tehran. Photograph: Getty Images

Tehran cuts imports of non-essential goods and introduces subsidies on food, medicine

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: has dismissed the Trump administration’s plan as the “slap of the century” and declared he will not commit “treason” by discussing it. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman

Almost two-thirds back Palestinian Authority’s rejection of US as mediator, poll reveals

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci: “Afrika” paper’s prosecution  demonstrates Ankara is determined to export to northern Cyprus its mainland crackdown on dissent. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP

OSCE and European Commission defend freedom to write ‘Zorba the Cypriot’ article

 Samar Badawi receiving the 2012 International Women of Courage award from first lady Michelle Obama and  secretary of state Hillary Clinton. File photograph:  Gary Cameron/Reuters

Despite outward show of social reforms, Saudi authorities are cracking down on dissent

US president Donald Trump holds a chart of military hardware sales as he welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington in  March 2018. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

King Salman clarifies rejection of Jared Kushner’s plan in wake of heir’s ambiguity

A Palestinian Unrwa  employee at a protest against job cuts at its headquarters in Gaza City, July 25th, 2018. Photograph: Mohammed Salem

Trump decision to reduce funding to UN body aiding Palestinians will hit jobs and services

Damages after a suicide bomb attack  in Sweida. Photograph: Sana/Handout via Reuters

The attack, the first major Isis strike in Syria, targeted country’s Druze community

Demonstrators attend a rally to protest against the Jewish nation state Bill in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

In Arab eyes the ‘racist’ provisions have finished off the two-state solution

Buses  transferring Syrian rebel fighters and civilians to opposition territory in Idlib.  Photograph: AFP Photo

Buses to bring insurgent fighters and civilians to Idlib under agreed deal with Russia

Iraqi protesters hand over job requests to government employees in Basra, Iraq. Photograph: Essam al-Sudani/Reuters

Southern Shias to take to the streets to demand water, jobs, and an end to corruption

A picture taken  from the Israeli-annexed Syrian Golan Heights shows displaced Syrians going back to their camp near the Syrian village of Burayqah, after being turned back by the Israeli forces at the border fence between Syria and the  Golan Heights, where they were trying to seek refuge.  Photograph: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

US has conceded key Russian demands but Trump has not recommitted to troop pullout

A woman holds a Syrian flag in Deraa, where the uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s regime began in 2011. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Putin and Trump to discuss Syria at summit, as Kurds seek to make deal with Damascus

Displaced Syrians at a Jordanian military medical outpost, near Nasib border crossing between Jordan and Syria. Photograph: Ahmad Abdo/EPA

Kingdom already hosts 1.3m Syrians fleeing war, straining country’s slim resources

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviewing a military guard of honour with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the Turkish Cypriot northern part of the divided city of Nicosia on Tuesday. Photograph:  Andreas Manoli/EPA

Most secular community in Muslim world opposed Turkish president’s opening of huge new mosque

A Syrian child rides his bike after Syrian government forces recently recaptured the village of Ghariyah ash Sharqiyah from the rebels, in the province of Deraa. Photograph:  AFP/ Youssef Karwashan/ Getty Images

Attack on airbase coincided with a Syrian army victory over insurgents in the south

Protesters wave Palestinian flags as they demonstrate against Israel at the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar on July 6th, 2018. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty

Israel planned to demolish Khan al-Ahmar and transfer 181 residents to toxic landfill

UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths (centre): called this week’s talks with rebel leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi “positive and constructive”. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty

‘Relentless conflict in Yemen has pushed a country on the brink deep into the abyss’

Internally displaced people from Deraa province arrive near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria. Photograph: Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

Some 270,000 Syrians who have fled fighting are stranded on border with Jordan

Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, Cypriot defence minister Savvas Angelides  and Greek defence minister Panos Kammenos. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Deal would require ‘agreement and co-operation of all stakeholders’

Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr: has allies in Hadi al-Amiri and Haidar al-Abadi. Photograph: Alaa al-Marjani/Reuters

Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bond with Hadi al-Amiri could remove Tehran’s obstruction

Relatives of a Palestinian, who was killed at the Israel-Gaza border, react at a hospital in Gaza on Monday. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

UN agency UNRWA says it is ‘weeks away from painful cuts’ due to lack of funds

A man fills up the tank in Cairo on June 29th, 2017. Egypt has raised fuel prices three times since austerity was adopted in 2015. Photograph:  Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Startling contrast between reactions to austerity in Jordan and Egypt

Mohammad bin Salman,  Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian president Vladimir Putin at the World Cup opening ceremony. Photograph: Alexei  Druzhinin/EPA

Russia and Saudi Arabia have co-operated on crude oil supplies since 2016

Workers unload wheat provided by Unicef at Hodeidah: the Red Sea port  is a key entry point for aid to war-torn Yemen. Photograph: Abdo Hyder/AFP/Getty

UN among those warning move on Houthi rebels may kill and maim 250,000 civilians

Syrians displaced from the city of Afrin display pictures of their homes. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

Syrian Democratic Council would have to break with US to achieve rapprochement

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney   with Cypriot foreign minister Nikos Christodoulides at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nicosia, Cyprus, on Friday. Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

Tánaiste holds discussions with Israeli and Palestinian officials on trip to Middle East

A monument dedicated to the 47 Irish troops killed while keeping the peace near Tibnin in south Lebanon.

Lebanon Letter: there are 10,500 troops from 41 countries in this strategic territory

Men  stand in line to cast their votes during a special voting day for members of the security forces on Thursday, ahead of Iraq’s parliamentaryh elections this weekend. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

Election campaign dominated by sectarian forces that emerged after US war

 Iranian MPs burn a US flag in the parliament in Tehran following  US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear accord. Photograph: AFP

Reformist president Hassan Rouhani has vowed to continue abiding by the agreement

Supporters of Lebanon’s Hizbullah and Amal celebrate results in Marjayoun: some fear, particularly in south Lebanon, that Israel may carry out a new campaign to eliminate Hizbullah. Photography: Aziz Taher

Israel’s education minister responds to poll outcome by saying ‘Hizbullah = Lebanon’

Supporters of the Progressive Socialist Party carry  party flags and  shout slogans during the Lebanese parliamentary elections  in the town of Moukhtara, at Chouf district in Mount Lebanon. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Thousands of Lebanese braved traffic, confusion and chaos to take part in long overdue election

 Election posters  on buildings in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods of Tripoli in  northern Lebanon. Photograph: Getty Images

Several ‘firsts’ in the Middle East country’s first parliamentary election in nine years

Syrian opposition fighters and members of their families from the Yarmouk camp, on the outskirts of Damascus, arrive at the al-Eis checkpoint in Aleppo province on Tuesday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Washington risks conflict with Russia and Iran, President Assad’s chief backers

Displaced people who fled the Syrian war stand near the Lebanese-Syrian border as they prepare to return to their village of Beit Jinn in Syria.Photograph: Ziad Choufi/AP

Donors’ conference clocked just over half of the €6.5bn needed to help Syria in 2018

A couple sit in a park in Damascus after the US, UK and France attacked three sites said to be related to Syria’s chemical weapons programme. Photograph: Ali Hashisho

Damascus Letter: Residents alternate between ‘normal’ and ‘war normal’ lives

Suspected Islamic State members imprisoned just south of Mosul, in Iraq, in July 2017: Isis reveals it has taken into account the defeat of the “caliphate”. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

Isis focus on Arab world may starve western intelligence as affiliate groups go dormant

Kurdish people living in Greece  protesting at    EU offices in Athens on April 11th,  They were calling for international intervention for Kurds in the Syrian city of Afrin.  Photograph: Getty Images

Jihadis in villages of non-Muslim Yazidi Kurds persecute them for their faith and ethnicity

Syrians gather  in  Umayyad Square,  Damascus, on April 14th to condemn the strikes by the US, Britain and France against the Syrian regime. Photograph: Getty Images

Military action against Syria brings warnings from Iran and most Arab governments

An aircraft landing at the British air   base at Akrotiri,  Cyprus. The same base  was used during the 1991 and 2003 US-led wars to mount attacks on Iraq. Photograph: AP Photo/Petros Karadjias

Britain asks Cyprus to reserve airspace in preparation for possible air strikes on Syria

“It is unlikely the US and its allies will deploy war planes over Syria since Syrian and Russian air defences could shoot down aircraft. Low-flying cruise missiles are also not immune to interdiction.” Photograph: Ford Williams/US navy via Getty Images

Retaliation for suspected gas attack could prompt Russian and Iranian moves

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin   in Ankara for talks about the future of Syria. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/via AP

Erdogan’s show of force in Afrin means that even his allies do not trust him

Krac des Chavaliers: The Krac’s thick stone walls withstood artillery fire and aerial bombardment.

Foreign archaeologists no longer come and there are no funds for reconstruction

A convoy transporting Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the  town of Douma  to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Russian-brokered deal allows Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families to leave

Christians attending a Holy Thursday service at the Maronite Catholic Church of St Anthony in Damascus.  Photograph: Michael Jansen

Damascus faithful celebrate Easter – with Orthodox ceremonies next week

Syrian children are evacuated from eastern Ghouta on a bus on the outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty

Traumatised Syrians seek refuge in government-held areas as brutal conflict continues

 Workers unload an aid truck that was part of a humanitarian convoy that arrived in  Douma, Syria, earlier this month. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

Artillery and aerial bombardment kill 1,600 in eastern Ghouta over the past five weeks

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi casting his ballot during the first day of the presidential election at a polling station in Cairo on Monday. Photograph:  EPA/Egyptian Presidency

With opponents of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi forced to stand down, presidential election is no contest

An ambulance carrying Syrians wounded in a rebel rocket attack on a busy shopping area in the Jaramana suburb arrive at a hospital in Damascus on Wednesday.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Rebels target families shopping in Jaramana as Syrian army advances into eastern Ghouta

  Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: will by welcomed by president Trump at the start of his visit to the USA. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman begins a busy schedule of meetings in USA

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad  talking with government troops in eastern Ghouta in the leader’s first trip to the former rebel enclave outside Damascus in years. Photograph: AFP /  Syrian presidency Facebook page

Exodus continues with number displaced rising above 270,000 in the last week

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad waving at supporters after addressing parliament in Damascus in March 2011. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

While regime changes were made in Egypt and Tunisia, Syria’s conflict is more complex

A Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army soldier with machine gun during an offensive, at Der Mismis Village, southeast of Afrin, Syria, on Tuesday. Photograph: STR/EPA

Thousands flee Turkish military forces and surrogate Free Syrian Army militia

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman is welcomed by British PM Theresa May on the first of his three-day visit to the UK. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

London’s weapons deals worth £4.6bn since the war on Yemen launched three years ago

Syrians receive treatment for breathing difficulties at a clinic in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on March 7th  after regime air strikes which medics said  were consistent with a toxic attack. Photograph: Getty Images

Analysis: Pressure from UN will not stop fighting

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters carry  a wounded colleague in Afrin, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Ankara’s taking of Syrian Kurdish enclave proof of strategic power in embattled region

 A Syrian woman  in a make-shift clinic following reported regime bombardment, in the rebel-held town of Douma, in  the eastern Ghouta region.  Photograph: Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images

Syrians have little respite since Russia’s limited ceasefire came into effect on Tuesday

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the graduation ceremony of the 93rd batch of the cadets of King Faisal Air Academy, in Riyadh  on February 21st. Photograph:  Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Court/Reuters

Shake-up of armed forces aimed at tightening Crown Prince Mohammed’s grip on power

Syria Civil Defence members help an unconscious woman from a shelter in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria, on Thursday. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Analysis: Gulf powers have interests in eastern Ghouta that are not humanitarian

A Syrian man holds a wounded child at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, following air strikes by regime forces on the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Hamza Al-Ajweh/Getty Images

Why Syria's government is bombing east of Damascus, and Turkey's role in the north

 A Syrian man carries an injured boy as he walks on rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel-held besieged town of Hamouriyeh, eastern Ghouta. Over 300 people have been killed in the last four days. Photograph:  Reuters

Four days of intensive bombing has left at least 310 people dead in rebel enclave

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters  hold  weapons aloft near the city of Afrin, Syria, on Monday. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Families in enclave near Damascus subsist on one meal a day since army tightened siege

People walk on rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

Air strikes are the most serious confrontation between the US and Russia since Moscow intervened in the conflict in 2015

The remains of a Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet in Ma’saran village near Saraqeb city, in eastern Idlib, Syria. Photograph: Abdalla Saad/EPA

Regional powers have supplied shoulder-fired missiles

Left wing-backed independent Stavros Malas shakes hands with Nicos Anastasiades of the right wing Democratic Rally party in Nicosia, Cyprus. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou

Nicos Anastasiades up against Akel party-backed Stavros Malas in tight run-off

The Saudi government had, reportedly, demanded $6 billion from  Alwaleed bin Talal, whose worth is estimated at $17 billion. Photograph: Katie Paul/Reuters

Move popular with public who are tired of big-spending princes

Supporters of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Tahrir square in Cairo on the seventh anniversary of the uprising that ended the 30-year reign of Hosni Mubarak. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Seventh anniversary sees hopes of freedom crushed as al-Sisi in line for second term

Palestinian schoolgirls attend a class at a school belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (Unrwa)  in Gaza City on Monday. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Emergency appeal by Unrwa after Trump administration says it will withhold $300m

Turkish tanks  advance near the Syria border as Turkey  shelled Kurdish militia targets in Syria and claimed progress in a cross-border offensive that has raised concern among its allies and neighbours. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/Getty Images

Turkey challenging Nato partners and ramping up regional tensions with neighbours

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  said the Trump administration would maintain its military presence in Syria  to prevent Islamic State’s resurgence, press for the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad, and counter Iranian influence. Photograph: Ben Nelms/Reuters

Planned 30,000-strong Kurdish border force makes little sense and is widely opposed

 Palestinian women   at a   UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa)-run clinic in  Gaza: The agency   provides support for 5,266,603 registered refugees. Photograph:  Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty

Move to withhold €53m from UN agency may cause wide repercussions in region

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: has called for a review of all agreements reached by the PLO and Israel. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh

By dismissing 1993 accord, Mahmoud Abbas could override agreement favouring Israel

Syrian Christians take part in a Christmas mass at a destroyed church in Raqa, the former ‘capital’ of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, on January 9th. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

The offensive has been criticised, but the government cannot afford to give up the province

A Turkish Cypriot man casts his ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is only recognised by Turkey. Photograph: Birol Bebek/AFP/Getty

Right-wing coalition on cards as Turkish Cypriots back status quo cautiously

Children roll tyres along the Israeli separation wall in the East Jerusalem refugee camp of Shuafat on January 3rd. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Halting $368m in aid to UN agency Unrwa would be major blow to services for refugees

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani: the protests should not be viewed as a threat but as an opportunity. Photograph: Iran’s presidential official website/EPA

Scattered wave of social dissatisfaction arises from Iranians’ sense of governmental neglect

A Yemeni student inspects the site of alleged Saudi-led air strikes at a memorial of Egyptian soldiers, in Sana’a, Yemen. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Western powers profit from kingdom’s offensive while 20 million Yemenis require aid

Syrian Red Crescent Syrian staff evacuate a babyfrom the eastern Ghouta district on the outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images

Red Crescent to move 29 from eastern Ghouta to Damascus following Assad approval

Arab League secretary general Ahmed Aboul Gheit  and Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki: eight Palestinians have been killed and nearly 500 arrested by Israel since Donald Trump declared his shift of policy on Jerusalem. Photograph: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty

Riyad al-Malki claims US bullying countries not recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

An anti-corruption drive started by Saudi Arabia’s defence minister Prince Mohamed bin Salman has led to more than  200  arrests.  Photograph: Getty

Sabih al-Masri’s family received Irish passports under the ‘passport for sale’ scheme

Palestinians walk on a poster bearing images of US president Donald Trump and vice-president Mike Pence during a demonstration at the al-Quds Open University in Dura village near the West Bank town of Hebron on Wednesday. Photograph: Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images

US vice-president told he will be pelted with shoes if he visits West Bank or East Jerusalem

An Israeli undercover policeman arrests a Palestinian protester in the West Bank town of Ramallah during a protest against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Photograph: Shadi Hatem

Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital hardens Recep Tayyip Erdogan stance

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (in camouflage) with Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu (both suited) visiting an  air base in Latakia Province, Syria, on  December 11. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Vladimir Putin satisfied Islamic State has been beaten on both banks of Euphrates

Religious conflict: Palestinians paint over Donald Trump’s face on the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem, in the West Bank. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun/EPA

Analysis: Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital demolishes 70 years of US policy

Jamil’s mother Leila, and sister Carla, walking in a square in Greece en route to Germany in 2014.

Family grateful for ‘protection’ offered by Germany – but they long for Damascus

Palestinians burn posters depicting Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US pesident Donald Trump during a protest against the US intention to recognise the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Muslims the world over repeatedly angered by US president’s Middle East policies

A boy sells grilled corn near cars damaged during recent clashes between Houthi fighters and forces loyal to Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana’a, Yemen, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Violence in deadlocked conflict expected to intensify in short-term as millions suffer

Ultra Orthodox Jews look at the city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Fate of East Jerusalem meant to be decided in talks between Palestinians and Israelis

Pierre Krähenbühl, UNWRA commissioner general: “I hear confirmation of the two-state solution but there is no decisive action. I feel more can be done to bring about a solution.”

Failure to create a ‘political horizon’ can only increase Palestinian suffering and instability

An Iraqi woman, carrying an infant, walks by the destroyed al-Nuri Mosque as she flees from the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty

Isis members escaping from Syria and Iraq a danger to Europe, says Egypt’s president

 Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri speaks to his supporters at his home at downtown Beirut, Lebanon, after returning from Saudi Arabia. Hariri, who had recently announced his resignation, said he would temporarily refrain from stepping down from office at the behest of the country’s president. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Resignation postponed: Mystery still shrouds PM’s two-week sojourn in Saudi Arabia

 Russian president Vladimir Putin and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad hug at a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia on Monday. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Signs that moderates among Saudi-backed opposition are winning ahead of Geneva talks

A malnourished Yemeni child receives treatment amid worsening malnutrition in the emergency ward of a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, on Wednesday. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

‘Worst humanitarian crisis in the world’ deteriorating over closure of ports and airports

Heavily damaged buildings in Raqa on October 21st, 2017, after a Kurd-led force expelled the jihadists from the northern Syrian city. There are claims many were transported out. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

‘Raqqa’s Dirty Secret’ says 250 fighters with families and arms were given safe passage

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who  many in Lebanon have no doubt is the prime mover of Hariri’s resignation.  Photograph:  Saudi Press Agency/via Reuters

Lebanese cabinet to defy Riyadh and carry on without prime minister

Pro-government Syrian troops taking up positions during fighting with insurgents near Boukamal, on the Iraq-Syria border, November 8th, 2017. Videograb: Syrian Central Military Media/AP

Government, opposition factions and other actors jostle for advantage ahead of peace talks

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: The abrupt clampdown on corruption could exacerbate criticism of other risky policies he has adopted. Photograph:  Presidency Press Service/Pool Photo via AP

Arrest of senior figures in corruption drive stuns kingdom and creates risks for prince

Toumeh ‘Tommy’ Toumeh (91): The Toumehs were the only Christian family to remain in al-Waer. Before the war there had been 300 Christian families and two churches in the Homs suburb. Photograph: Michael Jansen

‘Tommy’ Toumeh, 91, faced down armed fighters who told him to leave his home in 2014

Ghassan Jansiz in his bookshop in Homs. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Couple’s English-language bookshop part of efforts to preserve Syria’s built heritage

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