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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following their talks in Sochi on Monday.  Turkish-US relations have soured, encouraging Moscow to establish a bilateral regional strategic alliance.  Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via Reuters

The decision by Russia and Turkey to establish a demilitarised zone around Syrian’s Idlib province to avert a Syrian army offensive to recapture the j(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarised zone in Syria’s Idlib region from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw b(...)

Syrian children at a camp for displaced civilians fleeing from advancing Syrian government forces in Idlib province. Photograph: Amer Alhamwe/AFP/Getty Images

As the battle for Syria’s jihadi-dominated Idlib province looms, the UN is scrambling to avert a humanitarian disaster and calling for a negotiated so(...)

 Palestinian students attending a class at Haifa School, which is run by the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees (Unrwa) in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Unless new funds are found soon, the Trump administration’s decision on Friday to cancel the long-standing US financial contribution to the UN agency (...)

An Uighur man drinking in a tea shop in Kashgar City, Xinjiang province, China.  A UN panel said about a million Uighurs were being held in a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

China has rejected comments by United Nations human rights experts calling for the release of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs allegedly held i(...)

A Yemeni girl (C) suffering from kidney failure receives dialysis treatment in the capital Sanaa on August 28th. Photograph: Getty Images

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen have caused heavy civilian casualties and some may amount to war crimes, UN human rights ex(...)

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

Jordan’s King Abdullah has vowed to hunt down and hold to account perpetrators of two violent incidents that killed six security officers and wounded (...)

The old district of Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang province, in 2016  . Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, is an autonomous region that is home to 10 million Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

International pressure is growing on China after reports that more than one million ethnic Uighurs are being interned in political re-education camps (...)

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

The Syrian military has deployed along the borders of al-Qaeda-dominated Idlib province and has begun shelling insurgents’ positions, prompting fears (...)

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

Islamic State attacks on Wednesday on the south-western city of Sweida and nearby villages demonstrated the jihadists remain a serious a threat to Syr(...)

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