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A couple sit in a park in Damascus after the US, UK and France attacked three sites said to be related to Syria’s chemical weapons programme. Photograph: Ali Hashisho

My driver Moutaz was upbeat during the drive from Beirut to Damascus. “My brother’s son has come home after seven years in the army. I know of other s(...)

 Smoke  rising from the Isis-held al-Hajar al-Aswad  neighbourhood in  south  Damascus following a government air strike. Photograph: EPA/Youssef Badawi

Air strikes pounded a jihadist-held area near Damascus on Sunday, as the Syrian government stepped up efforts to wipe out the insurgency’s last footho(...)

Syrians gather  in  Umayyad Square,  Damascus, on April 14th to condemn the strikes by the US, Britain and France against the Syrian regime. Photograph: Getty Images

Shocked awake before dawn on Saturday by the reverberating explosions of 76 missiles striking a research facility at Barzeh northeast of the capital, (...)

Samira Kaissi and her daughter Sara (11): “I have no friends here and I don’t really socialise with people from work. But it still feels right and I’m seriously considering buying a house.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

When Samira Kaissi was 18 years old her parents sent her to live in southern California. The violence in her home city of Beirut had reached dangerous(...)

A street trader at the 1916  site on Moore Street, Dublin, during the anniversary year of 2016. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The redevelopment of the Moore Street area of Dublin and the creation of a “new quarter” in the north inner city has taken a step closer with the appo(...)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the graduation ceremony of the 93rd batch of the cadets of King Faisal Air Academy, in Riyadh  on February 21st. Photograph:  Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Court/Reuters

Saudi Arabia has dismissed its top military commanders as the kingdom’s war in Yemen, launched nearly three years ago, remains stalemated and relation(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, Wednesday, February 21st, 2018. Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/AP

Israeli intelligence helped to prevent an attack on an “Australian airliner”, according to Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Mr Netanyahu s(...)

Frank McGuinness: Excerpts from his play ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ will be performed in Cork Prison. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

“A kind of eerie sadness” is how theatre director Andrew Flynn recalls the last time he was involved putting on a production of Frank McGuinness’s “So(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson meets Turkisb president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday. Photograph: Turkish presidential press service/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey said on Thursday it had demanded the United States expel a Kurdish militia from forces it backs in Syria, setting up the visiting US secretary(...)

Rebecca Dykes, a British embassy worker who was found dead in Beirut after a colleague’s leaving party. A man has been arrested in connection with her killing. Photograph: Family handout via British Foreign and Commonwealth Office/AFP

Lebanese police have arrested a man in connection with the killing of a British embassy worker in Beirut. Rebecca Dykes, believed to be 30, had been(...)

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