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Patrons of a coffee shop in Beirut watch the television interview on Sunday with prime minister Saad Hariri, which took place in Saudi Arabia. Speculation is rampant that he is being held hostage there. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Sunday evening interview with Lebanon’s prime minister was meant to put to rest the rampant speculation that he was being held hostage in Saudi Ar(...)

Terry Waite at home in Suffolk, England. Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

By his own admission, the one thing that most people don’t expect of Terry Waite – once hostage negotiator turned hostage, and now an author, lecturer(...)

Boys play in Bab al-Faraj square in the government-controlled area of the old dity of Aleppo on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian’s military and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Saturday as Damascus’s allies said victory was near, but insurgen(...)

Syrians gather around damaged buildings after a bombing attack at the Sayyida Zeinab suburb, Damascus on Saturday. Photograph: SANA/AP

Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide and car bomb blasts that struck a Damascus suburb on Saturday near Syria’s holiest Shia Muslim shrine(...)

Top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine is seen in this handout picture released by Hezbollah Media office on May 13th, 2016. Photograph: Reuters

Top Hizbullah commander Mustafa Badreddine was killed in an Israeli air strike at the Lebanese-Israeli border this week, the Lebanese Shia group annou(...)

 Syrian soldiers inspect the site of bombing  in southern Damascus, Syria, which has killed at least 60 people. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

At least 60 people were killed, including 25 Shia fighters, and dozens wounded on Sunday when a car bomb and two suicide bombers struck in a district (...)

Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulances evacuate fighters and civilians from the two besieged Shia towns of al-Foua and Kefraya in the mainly rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib. Photograph: Reuters

Buses evacuated several hundred fighters and civilians from two besieged areas in Syria on Monday under a deal between warring parties backed by the U(...)

  Iraqi forces advance during clashes with fighters from  Islamic State  near Baiji, northern Iraq on Friday. Photograph:  EPA

Islamic State militants drove a tank rigged with explosives into a base south of the Iraqi city of Samarra on Monday, killing 38 policemen, military (...)

Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State , gather during a sand storm at a camp. Photograph: Getty Images

A convoy of Shia Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday to advance on areas held by Islamic State, a Shia sp(...)

 Displaced Iraqis who were forced to flee their hometowns ahead of gains made by Islamic State (IS) militants in Ramadi, western Iraqi, wait near the Bzebiz bridge crossing the Euphrates River on their way to Baghdad at the weekend. Photograph: EPA

The use of Shia militias to try to take back the Iraqi city of Ramadi from Islamic State risks unleashing more sectarian bloodletting, current and for(...)

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