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Stiff handshake: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande meet for bilateral talks before a summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine in Paris. Photograph: Michel Euler/Reuters.

A long-scheduled summit of the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine in Paris yesterday was intended to bring new dynamism to the peace proc(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision this week to launch air strikes on Syria marks a dramatic escalation of foreign involvement in a 4-year-old civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Russia bombed Syria for a third day on Friday, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it w(...)

Residents inspect a site damaged by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Syrian government forces used newly delivered Russian warplanes to bombard Islamic State insurgents in Aleppo province in northern Syria, a group moni(...)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was one of the most sustained government bombardments of Palmyra. File photograph: Christophe Charon/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian army jets carried out at least 25 air strikes on the Islamic State-held city of Palmyra on Friday, a group monitoring the war said, the second (...)

A man reacts amidst rubble after what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s rebel-controlled Al-Mashad neighbourhood earlier today. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

The Syrian military has recently started using new types of air and ground weapons supplied by Russia, a Syrian military source said on Thursday, unde(...)

UK  prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: PA Wire

Two British citizens who were fighting for Islamic State (IS) were killed in an RAF drone strike in Syria, which was carried out without parliamentary(...)

A Turkish soldier at the Turkish-Syrian border in Karkamis, bordering with the IS-held Syrian town of Jarablus, in Turkey. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a US air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House has said, dealing a bl(...)

Islamic State militants bulldozing the St Eliane Monastery near the town of Qaryatain. Photograph: Islamic State militant website via AP

Islamic State militants have demolished a monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, a monitor said on Thursday, in a strategically located tow(...)

Khadiza Sultana, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase passing through security at Gatwick Airport before flying to Turkey. Photograph: Metropolitan Police via The New York Times

The night before Khadiza Sultana left for Syria the teenager was dancing in her bedroom. It was a Monday during the February school vacation. Her n(...)

People make victory signs during the funeral ceremony of victims of a suicide bomb attack on Monday in Suruc, Turkey, blamed on Islamic State. Experts are questioning the assumption, however, that Islamic State’s defeat is inevitable. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies. It has seized territory, destroyed antiquities, slaughtered minorities, forced wom(...)

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