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Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev (right) accepts the European Commission report from EU commissioner Johannes Hahn, on Wednesday. Photograph: Nake Batev/EPA

A top EU official has urged Macedonia to deepen reforms and end a bitter 27-year-old dispute with Greece, after the European Commission backed the lau(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Wednesday, as he announced snap elections. Photograph: EPA/Turkish presidental press office

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called snap elections, bringing Turkey’s parliamentary and presidential polls forward by more than a year as concerns grow ab(...)

Suspected Islamic State fighters captured during fighting in Mosul are detained at an abandoned home that became a makeshift courthouse, in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on June 15th, 2017. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

The 42-year-old housewife had two minutes to defend herself against charges of supporting Islamic State. Amina Hassan, a Turkish woman in a flowing bl(...)

EU high commissioner for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini: “The western Balkans countries are European, and will be part of the European Union.” Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Turkish accession to the EU should remain on hold because of concerns about human rights abuses, the European Commission has recommended. “Turkey con(...)

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

Shocked awake before dawn on Saturday by the reverberating explosions of 76 missiles striking a research facility at Barzeh northeast of the capital, (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “Russia condemns in the most serious way the attack on Syria, where Russian servicemen are helping the lawful government in the fight against terrorism.” Photograph: Getty Images

Russia responded with a stream of invective and bluster to the US-led air strikes on Syria on Friday night, but the immediate threat of a direct milit(...)

US Navy sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, to move within striking range of Syria. Photograph: Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said he was holding meetings on Thursday on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison(...)

Migrants, solidarity groups and relatives hold posters during a protest in central Athens against “Fortress Europe” and the EU-Turkey deal, which they allege delayed a rescue operation of a migrant boat in March. Photograph:  Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty

Given that Greece had first-hand experience of a fascist government as recently as 1967-1974, and that today it has a neo-Nazi party lying third in th(...)

Mary O’Reilly outside her house in Baldoyle, Co Dublin,  with Syrian refugee Wassim Kharita. Photograph: CJ Nash

Mary O’Reilly does not consider opening her home to a stranger a big deal. She grew up in a household of lodgers and knew the empty bedroom could be p(...)

An image grab taken from a video released by the Syrian civil defence in Douma shows an unidentified volunteer holding an oxygen mask over a child’s face at a hospital following a reported chemical attack on the rebel-held town on Sunday. Photograph: AFP/ HO / Syria Civil Defence

Seven years into a grinding and brutal conflict, Syria still finds ways to reach new depths and shock us anew. This time, the world looks on with horr(...)

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