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Civilians flee the city of Afrin in northern Syria on March 16th, 2018.  A Turkish-led offensive to capture the Kurdish-majority enclave has forced 30,000 civilians from its main city in 24 hours. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty

More reports of the arrest and torture of refugees who return to government-held Syria have emerged, following an Irish Times investigation into rever(...)

Palestinian women hold signs in Arabic reading “Refugees are the origin of the cause and the beginning of the tale”, during a demonstration outside the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) offices in Gaza City on Thursday. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees said on Thursday it had received new cash pledges to enable it to keep working for a few mor(...)

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters carry  a wounded colleague in Afrin, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Turkey’s six-week old invasion of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin has put it on a collision course with both Russia and the United States. Ankar(...)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the graduation ceremony of the 93rd batch of the cadets of King Faisal Air Academy, in Riyadh  on February 21st. Photograph:  Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Royal Court/Reuters

Saudi Arabia has dismissed its top military commanders as the kingdom’s war in Yemen, launched nearly three years ago, remains stalemated and relation(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up an object what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace as he gives a speech during the Munich Security Conference  in Germany. Photograph: AFP/ MSC Munich Security Conference/ Lennart Preiss

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incid(...)

Ukulele: Small, easy to handle and relatively cheap ... but there's been more than a whiff of ‘hipster’ in its revival

There are pros and cons to whatever is chosen, but the experience is unlikely to go to waste. A lot of people start on one instrument and then move on(...)

A Civil defence member reacts at a damaged site after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 9th, 2018. Photograph:  REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

The United Nations said on Monday the suffering of civilians in Syria has worsened since it called for a ceasefire six days ago in a humanitarian init(...)

Israeli soldiers inspect the remains of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet that was shot down after taking fire from a  Syrian anti-aircraft system, near the northern Israeli Kibbutz  of Harduf. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel launched its most intensive air strikes yet against Iranian forces in Syria on Saturday after intercepting what it said was an Iranian drone an(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: US president Donald Trump’s  decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital  made it impossible for the Palestinian Authority under Abbas to sit down at the negotiating table. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Is it a sign of incorrigible optimism or mass delusion that so many of us still refer to the Middle East peace process in the present tense? Many year(...)

 Suspected members of Islamic State at a security screening centre in Kirkuk, Iraq, last October. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Islamic State is regrouping in Syria despite being driven from its strongholds as the jihadi force exploits rivalries between its foes in an attempt t(...)

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