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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(...)

A woman, carrying bread on her head, crosses a main road in Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli on Tuesday. Photograph: Delil Souleiman / AFP via Getty Images

In Syria, 10 years ago this month, the early shoots heralding a regional democratic awakening, the Arab Spring, were fast uprooted. The arrests and to(...)

  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(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron pays his respects by the coffin of Samuel Paty inside Sorbonne University’s courtyard in Paris. Photograph: Francois Mori/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The killer of Samuel Paty, the teacher decapitated outside his school in a Parisian suburb last week after showing his class two cartoons of the proph(...)

A boy stands in line with women to receive aid at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria, where families of Islamic State foreign fighters are held. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

Syrian Kurds are planning the phased release of thousands of Syrians from a crowded camp in northern Syria where relatives of Islamic State fighters h(...)

A Syrian boy in 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/AFP

Three doctors and a nurse have contracted Covid-19 in Syria’s northwesternern province Idlib, raising fears of an outbreak in this rebel-held territor(...)

Buildings destroyed by prior bombardment in the town of Ariha in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP via Getty

Nearly half of Syria’s 20 million people go to bed hungry, World Food Programme chief David Beasley has said ahead of an EU-hosted pledging conference(...)

The Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria: Lawyers for  “jihadi wives” and their children  have lost the case to have them repatriated to the Netherlands. Photograph: Delil Souleiman

The Dutch supreme court has dashed the repatriation hopes of so-called jihadi wives and their children by ruling that the government has no obligation(...)

Syrian president Bashar Assad: likely to be particularly concerned about Sweida, a byword for kidnappings, murders and robberies.  Photograph: Sana via AP

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has fired prime minister Imad Khamis as the country’s war- and sanctions-battered economy continues its downward slid(...)

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(...)

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