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Syrians displaced from the city of Afrin display pictures of their homes. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Council has declared it is ready for unconditional talks with the Syrian government. The council, the politi(...)

ADHD: nothing more than an example of the ‘medicalisation’ of behaviours in children? Photograph: iStock

In 2016, in the journal Support for Learning, Irish researchers Michael Quinn and Andrea Lynch stated: “In many western countries, attention deficit (...)

Syrian government forces flash the sign for victory in front of the al-Bashir mosque at the entrance of the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk on the southern outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus, it said on Monday, for the first time since early in the seven-(...)

Missile fire  over Daraa, Syria, on Thursday. Photograph: Alaa al Faqir/Reuters

Israel claims to have destroyed dozens of Iranian military targets across Syria in one of its biggest air operations in recent decades. Thursday morn(...)

Supporters of Lebanon’s Hizbullah and Amal celebrate results in Marjayoun: some fear, particularly in south Lebanon, that Israel may carry out a new campaign to eliminate Hizbullah. Photography: Aziz Taher

Less than half of Lebanon’s 3.6 million registered voters turned out on Sunday in the country’s first parliamentary election in nine turbulent years. (...)

Syrian opposition fighters and members of their families from the Yarmouk camp, on the outskirts of Damascus, arrive at the al-Eis checkpoint in Aleppo province on Tuesday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Intervention by external powers against Syrian government forces is likely to increase as the campaign against the Islamic State terror group winds do(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad (right) in discussions with Alaeddin Boroujerdi,  head of Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, in Damascus on Monday. Photograph: Sana via AP

The Syrian army unleashed a massive bombardment against one rebel enclave on Monday and prepared for the withdrawal of insurgents from another as Pre(...)

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(...)

Suspected Islamic State members imprisoned just south of Mosul, in Iraq, in July 2017: Isis reveals it has taken into account the defeat of the “caliphate”. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

Islamic State spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir has called upon the group’s fighters to focus on the Arab world rather than mount operations further afi(...)

 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(...)

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