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Mansaf surrounded by various salads in the home of Um Haya and Abu Haya in Azraq camp

The last thing I want after a long shift is to hear restaurant chatter. The kitchen porters are still going, the pastry chefs are up until 3am, so if (...)

Guided missiles seen in the sky during what is reported to be an attack in Damascus, Syria in January. Photograph: Youmiyat Qadifat Hawun fi Damashq/Reuters

Syrian air defences targeted projectiles fired from the direction of Israel for the second night in a row, Syrian state media said on Saturday. The p(...)

Syrians drive with their belongings along the main Damascus-Aleppo highway near the town of Saraqib in Syria’s jihadist-held Idlib province on May 9th, 2019. Photograph: Anas al-Dyab

The UN Security Council is set to meet on Friday to discuss fighting between the Syrian army, which is backed by Russian air cover, and jihadis based (...)

The Flint Islamic Centre is an important meeting point for many Middle Eastern immigrants. Photograph: Stephen Starr

It’s a city located in the isolated upper midwest of the United States, but Flint boasts a storied connection with the Middle East. The first Arab fa(...)

Performers at the opening of the Al-Sham International Arabian Horse Festival in Damascus this week. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Reconstruction is a word spoken only in a whisper in Syria. No one hopes for a Marshall Plan to rebuild the country now the eight-year war has ended i(...)

Syrians queue to fill their car with petrol in Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP

Damascenes no longer fear death or injury from insurgent mortar or artillery shells from the suburbs. They sleep at night without being awakened by lo(...)

People walk near the recently reopened Nassib border post in  Deraa province, at the Syrian-Jordanian border south of Damascus Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The road to Deraa runs through flat, velvet-green fields and abandoned villages, where houses stare through black, blank windows. Sheep graze lazily i(...)

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi:  scriptwriters were ordered to glorify the military, to attack the Muslim Brotherhood and to promote conservative family values. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty

In his desire to wield sweeping power, president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has suppressed politics, cowed the media and jailed legions of opponent(...)

Aeham Ahmad broadcast from the streets of Damascus

For four years, Aeham Ahmad played a soundtrack to a devastating war. In the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Syrian capital D(...)

Saleem Yattem has lived in Limerick for three  years. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Salim Yattem has never owned a passport and has been considered a refugee his entire life. Brought up in the Yarmouk camp district of Damascus, Yattem(...)

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