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'Before bed, I tally up the number of times I have used my phone today:  167.'

This week a Deloitte survey on smartphone usage claimed the average Irish person pick up our devices an average of 57 times daily, significantly more (...)

Tunisians take part in a protest in Tunis on Thursday against US president Donald  Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/ EPA

For decades, the idea of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital served as a rare and powerful rallying cry that united the Arab world. King(...)

A former millionaire shows us what remains of his shop in Damascus. Now a refugee living near Hanover, in Germany, he attends language classes each day with his wife and children. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

Reverse migration – efforts by Syrian refugees in Europe to return home – is a growing movement. But those who want to go face legal, practical and fi(...)

Aleppo regeneration: solar-powered street lights in damaged eastern zone. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Syria may be the only country in recent times to rebuild before a devastating war ends. Aleppo, Syria’s former commercial powerhouse, has been transfo(...)

At an abandoned factory at Deir al-Zor, the army displays thousands of weapons captured from Islamic State here and in the town of Mayadin, to the south.

Deir al-Zor is at the end of the world. The journey is six hours by road from the city of Homs through its green belt of orchards and gardens narrowed(...)

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(...)

Al-Ayadieh village, the last remaining active front line near Tal Afar, during an operation to retake the city from Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Politics impinges on all fronts in the campaign to oust Islamic State from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. All parties involved have their own agendas, which(...)

Hussein Qabani from Aleppo is fitted for a 3D-printed prosthetic leg. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Hussein Qabani from the citadel district of Aleppo was just 14 when a Syrian regime-made barrel bomb was dropped on his neighbourhood. “It exploded ne(...)

Fighters loyal to al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Tahrir al-Sham (then known as Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies smash a statue of the late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad in Idlib in March 2015. Photograph: Sami Ali/AFP/Getty

Jihadists affiliated with al-Qaeda have seized control of most of Syria’s north- western province of Idlib, emerging as the most powerful insurgent fa(...)

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