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 A statue of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri is seen near the site of the 2005 bombing that killed him  in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The guilty verdict against Selim Ayyash and acquittal of three other alleged conspirators in the trial of Hizbullah members charged with the 2005 assa(...)

“In the times I’ve been there, and I’ve been there many times, that’s always been the way the locals have treated me.” Photo: William West/AFP/Getty Image

With both of his parents coming from north Lebanon, Michael Cheika has always been proud of his roots and, as a Unicef ambassador for Lebanon in Austr(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at a meeting at Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, in January 2016. File photograph: Iranian Presidency/Anadolu Agency/Getty

The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign involving the imposition of punitive sanctions on Iran and Syria has backfired by driving both (...)

Barry Cowen. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

It had to be the sad news last Saturday of Jackie Charlton’s death and fond thoughts of those gloriously madcap World Cup summers in the 1990s which h(...)

Dr Samer Armous, a consultant cardiologist at University Hospital Limerick, moved   to Ireland from Syria more than 20 years ago. Photograph:  Alan Place

When Samer Arnous was 17 he moved to Ireland to sit the Leaving Cert. Having attended boarding school in Dorset as a child, the Syrian teenager was us(...)

An Iraqi fighter with Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces) inspects the site of an  Islamic State attack on  the paramilitary force 180km  north of Baghdad. Photograph: Getty Images

Islamic State attacks have surged in a “Ramadan offensive” in Syria and Iraq as these war-ravaged countries struggle to contain the coronavirus and ec(...)

  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad meets members of the government team tasked with handling the   coronavirus pandemic in the capital Damascus. Photograph:  Sana/AFP via Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned that the war-ravaged country could face catastrophe if coronavirus cases exceed the capabilities of the de(...)

Volunteer barbers wear masks as they cut hair  at a camp for displaced Syrians from Idlib and Aleppo provinces, near the town of Maaret Misrin in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour

Coronavirus has reinforced and prolonged the 32-day Russian-Turkish ceasefire imposed in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province since the World Health Or(...)

Displaced Syrian women at a camp in Kafr Lusin village on the border with Turkey in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty

Syrians at home and abroad are marking the ninth anniversary of the war that has killed tens of thousands of compatriots, rendered half the population(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) shake hands during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/EPA/Sputnik/Kremlin pool

Russia and Turkey announced a ceasefire in the Syrian province of Idlib on Thursday as part of a deal that solidifies recent gains by the regime of Ba(...)

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