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Fire billows from Israeli air strikes in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP via Getty

Palestinians fired uninterrupted barrages of rockets into Israel as its military pounded Gaza with air strikes through the early hours of Tuesday, in (...)

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: he  launched a $100bn  stalemated war in Yemen,  Photograph: AFP Photo

A visit by the Saudi intelligence chief to Damascus to meet his Syrian counterpart and President Bashar al-Assad is regarded as a milestone on the roa(...)

Israeli soldiers inspect a piece of debris after a missile launched from Syria landed in the vicinity of the Dimona nuclear site in Israel’s southern Negev desert. Photograph: Getty Images

The Israeli military is examining how its air defences failed to intercept a surface-to-air missile fired from Syria that landed close to the Dimona n(...)

CJ Stander’s last match for Ireland will be against England on Saturday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Earlier this week CJ Stander shocked the Ireland camp by revealing Saturday’s Six Nations encounter against England in Dublin will be the last game he(...)

A balloon street vendor walks by shops in the city of Raqa in east central Syria.  After a decade of unfathomable violence and human tragedy, the fighting has tapered off but the suffering hasn’t. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

Syria is a “living nightmare”, UN secretary general António Guterres has said. An Arab Spring protest 10 years ago on Monday in the southern Syrian ci(...)

UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Nahyan speaks as then US president Donald Trump looks on during the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on the south lawn of the White House last September. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Wide-ranging US sanctions on Damascus are blocking Syrian reconstruction and undermining regional reconciliation that could bring an end to 10 years o(...)

Sir Richard Francis Burton: soldier, explorer, geographer, cartographer, anthropologist, diplomat, polyglot and author

Nowadays the name Richard Burton evokes the memory of the Welsh actor and husband of Elizabeth Taylor but in earlier times it belonged to one of the m(...)

An image of Christ in the Aya Sofya, Istanbul. Getty Images

The English writer Richard Ingrams will be remembered by Irish readers as the author of the foreword to The Ulick O’Connor Diaries: 1970-1981. Among h(...)

Lokman Slim: Shia Muslim intellectual’s “shocking killing raises serious fears of a return to targeted killings”, says Amnesty International.  Photograph: Hasan Trad

A prominent critic of the Lebanese militant group Hizbullah was found shot dead on Thursday, raising fears among activists that his killing was a mess(...)

  A group of displaced Syrians reside inside ancient buildings dating back to the ancient Roman and Byzantine eras  in the northern countryside of Idlib. Photograph:  Omar Albam/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Global humanitarian figures and NGOs have urged world leaders to urgently make Covid-19 vaccinations available to millions of refugees and others dis(...)

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