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Pro-government Syrian troops taking up positions during fighting with insurgents near Boukamal, on the Iraq-Syria border, November 8th, 2017. Videograb: Syrian Central Military Media/AP

The rout on Thursday by the Syrian army of Islamic State fighters from the eastern border town of Abu Kemal – their last stronghold in Syria – heralds(...)

Fiji’s prime minister  speaks at the opening of the COP 23 Fiji UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn on Monday. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

Syria said on Tuesday that it intends to join the 2015 Paris agreement for slowing climate change, isolating the United States as the only country op(...)

A military  commander in Syria said the Israeli air strike had hit a copper factory in the industrial town of Hisya, 35km (21 miles) south of Homs and 112km north of Damascus. File photograph: Google Street View

An Israeli air strike targeted a factory south of the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday and the Syrian army responded by firing a surface-to-air missi(...)

Amer Marai  and brothers Mhd Ahyam Orabi and Ahmad Orabi in Loam restaurant, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For four years, chefs Amer Marai (28), Mhd Ahyam Orabi (26) and Ahmad Orabi (25) were unable to cook in a kitchen. The last time was 2013 in the Syr(...)

A Syrian man receives medical treatment following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the Eastern Ghouta. Photogrpah: Abdulmonam EssaAFP/Getty Images

Dozens of Syrian children were forced to flee a kindergarten in the besieged region of Ghouta on Sunday after it was allegedly bombed by government fo(...)

Two-and-a-half-year-old Hala al-Nufi, who suffers from a metabolic disorder exacerbated by   food shortages, in  eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria, October 25th, 2017. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The humanitarian situation in the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus is “an outrage” and parties to the conflict must allow food and medicine to rea(...)

A Syrian child receiving treatment at a hospital  following a chemical attack in Khan Sheikhun. Photograph: Mohamed al-Bakour/AFP

The Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad is to blame for a chemical attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens of people (...)

Wafa Mahmoud Yusif and her son Walid, with a photograph of her elder son, who was killed in the Syrian war. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Homs is buzzing with life and light. The streets seethe with traffic, shops and restaurants are doing brisk business, and lights burn day and night as(...)

Ibrahim Talal, from Syria, on Agamy Beach, Alexandria: “This is not where I want to be.” Photograph: Peter Biro/European Union/Echo

“This,” says Ibrahim Talal, sweeping his hand in a dismissive gesture that takes in the teeming high-rise of Alexandria, a city of five million crushe(...)

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 (...)

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