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Lebanese soldiers and Hizbullah supporters are seen gathered in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut . Photograph: Reuters

A Lebanese protester was killed outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut today after gunmen from the Iranian-backed Shia militia Hizbullah opened fire wh(...)

Syrian government troops backed by Hizbullah guerrillas seized the western village of Buwayda today, extinguishing final rebel resistance around the t(...)

In a 22-minute recording posted on Islamist websites today to mark 65 years since Israel’s founding, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri  said the only way to solve the Palestinian problem was through jihad, or Islamic holy war.
Photograph: Reuters

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Syrians to unite to bring down President Bashar al-Assad and thwart what he said were US plans to set up a cli(...)

Forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad carry the national flag as they ride on motorcycles in Qusayr, after the Syrian army took control from rebel fighters yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters/Mohammed Azakir

Syrian troops and their Lebanese Shia Hizbullah allies yesterday took control of the strategic Syrian border town of Qusayr, routing thousands of rebe(...)

Nelofer Pazira in Afghanistan

In her memoir A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan, writer and director Nelofer Pazira recounts her shock the first time someone took her(...)

The government of Cuban president Raul Castro has described the country’s inclusion on a US list of state sponsors of terrorism as shameful. Photograph: Prensa Latina/Reuters.

In what has become an annual ritual, the United States kept Cuba on its list of “state sponsors of terrorism” and Havana reacted angrily, calling it a(...)

Syria has already received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system and will soon get the rest of the S-300 missiles, president Bashar al-Assad was quoted as saying today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters.

Syria has already received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system and will soon get the rest of the S-300 missiles, president Ba(...)

Mourners carry the body of a 17-year-old boy, in Hermel, Lebanon, on Tuesday. The boy was killed in a rocket attack on the village, which is near the Syrian border. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

The increasingly bitter warfare within Syria is a proxy for regional and international rivalries. Thus far, the EU and its Nato member states have pro(...)

Lebanese Army soldiers patrol near the site of the army checkpoint where three Lebanese soldiers were killed near the town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers at an army checkpoint today before fleeing towards the Syrian border, Lebanese officials said. Photograph: Ahmad Shalha/Reuters

Disputes between Russia and the West over arming warring sides in Syria today dimmed prospects for peace talks that were also clouded by disarray amon(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (R) looks on as Turkey’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses a joint news conference in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

There will be no supply of arms to Syria by European Union member states in the short term, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore ha(...)

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