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Syrian Christians take part in a Christmas mass at a destroyed church in Raqa, the former ‘capital’ of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, on January 9th. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has been carrying out simultaneous offensives against insurgents in the northwest Idlib province, and Eastern Ghouta abutting Damascus(...)

Displaced people from a village in southern Idlib head on the Damascus-Aleppo motorway towards the northern part of the rebel-held province on January 5th. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey called on Russia and Iran on Wednesday to pressure Syrian authorities to halt a military offensive in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, which(...)

Syrian Red Crescent Syrian staff evacuate a babyfrom the eastern Ghouta district on the outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian Red Crescent ambulances began emergency evacuations of seriously ill children and adults on Wednesday from the besieged rebel and jihadi strong(...)

A picture taken on December 24th shows Syrian baby Karim Abdallah, who lost an eye as well as his mother in government shelling on Ghouta, being carried by his father inside his family home in the  eastern Ghouta region. Photograph: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images

Medical evacuations have begun from the Syrian rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta to Damascus, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (in camouflage) with Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu (both suited) visiting an  air base in Latakia Province, Syria, on  December 11. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to his country’s Khmeimim air base in Syria should have been no surprise. Putin has repeatedly declared his i(...)

A letter in Eamon O’Cuív’s name had been used in Séamus McGrane’s defence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has insisted he did not write a character reference for dissident republican leader Séamus McGrane, who was jailed on Thur(...)

Tunisians take part in a protest in Tunis on Thursday against US president Donald  Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/ EPA

For decades, the idea of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital served as a rare and powerful rallying cry that united the Arab world. King(...)

A former millionaire shows us what remains of his shop in Damascus. Now a refugee living near Hanover, in Germany, he attends language classes each day with his wife and children. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

Reverse migration – efforts by Syrian refugees in Europe to return home – is a growing movement. But those who want to go face legal, practical and fi(...)

Petra, which is hidden in the mountains, is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a Unesco World Heritage Site

In early October, I travelled to Jordan to visit my sister and experience the spectacular food the region is known for. We flew from Cork early in the(...)

Rakan Al-Zahab, a Syrian refugee living in the Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. “I want to put my feet on the ground.” Photograph: James Connolly

Rakan Al-Zahab, currently living in Ballaghaderreen Next week, after months of living apart, Rakan Al-Zahab will finally be reunited with his wife S(...)

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