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Syrian refugee children walk to  school during rainy weather at  Al Zaatari refugee camp in  Jordanian city of Mafraq, near  border with Syria. Photograph:  Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

“The future is dark, but in our architectural department, we’re already working on designs for rebuilding Syria some day,” says Raed (26), an architec(...)

 Syrian rebel fighters are evacuated from Aleppo towards rebel-held territory. Photograph: Youseff Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army said it had retaken complete control of Aleppo on Thursday, after the last rebel fighters were evacuated from the city, in what would(...)

 Rawan Al Masri: “People here are nice, but  only know the bad side of Arabic countries.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Rawan Al Masri was in her final year at secondary school when her parents decided it was time to leave Syria. Al Masri’s older brother was already stu(...)

Medical staff treat a girl in a hospital in the southern city of Deraa after a rocket fired at government-held areas hit a primary school, killing at least six, according to offocial news agency SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. Photograph: SANA via AP

Russian jets resumed heavy bombing of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Tuesday after several days of relative calm, a rebel official and the Britain-based(...)

Islamic State (Isis) militants have abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported. File photograph: Reuters

Islamic State (Isis) militants have abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported as fighting(...)

Palmyra citadel: when  Syrian troops took back Palmyra from Islamic State they found the extremists have caused wide damage and demolished invaluable statues. Photograph: Sana via AP

Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State insurgents around Palmyra on Monday, trying to extend their gains after t(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry said he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria. Photograph: AFP

US secretary of state John Kerry said on Sunday he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessa(...)

Refugees  near the Syrian border in Kilis, Turkey. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

Saudi Arabia is discussing plans to deploy ground troops with regional allies, including Turkey, for a safe zone in Syria, in a last-ditch effort to k(...)

Syrians gather at the site following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on Thursday. Photograph: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition forces in northern Syria say they are losing their grip on Aleppo as Russian bombardment and advances by pro-Assad militias come close to(...)

Autumn crocus: the rare – and toxic – Irish wild flower. Illustration: Michael Viney

A conifer tang from the tree in the corner, and the sweet lure of chocolate and tangerines are among the comforting aromas of Christmas, with bracing (...)

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