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Serene Ibraheem (4) and her mother Raneem, from Syria, in St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin. They have been living in Ireland since 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

On November 10th, 2018, Serene Ibraheem was sitting in the back seat of the family car when she heard a familiar language on the radio. The vehicle wa(...)

A Russian IL-20M (Ilyushin 20m) plane. Russia blamed Israel on Tuesday for the loss of a military IL-20M jet to Syrian fire, killing all 15 servicemen on board. Photograph: Nikita Shchyukin/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin moved to ease tensions after a dangerous row erupted between Russia and Israel on Tuesday over the accidental downing(...)

Smoke rises from  the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, Syria on Tuesday, where a United Nations-sponsored ceasefire has failed to take hold. Photograph: /AFP/Getty Images

Air strikes and rocket fire continued into the night on Tuesday, after a five-hour lull ordered by Vladimir Putin failed to provide aid to the rebel-h(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “If the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen,” he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and ordered the Russian military to begin a partial withdrawal from the w(...)

Ghassan Jansiz in his bookshop in Homs. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Opening the Oxford and Cambridge English bookshop in the Syrian city of Homs in 2015 as the war in that country raged on was a risky business venture (...)

Bargylus graces the wine lists of Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe and Asia including Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner in London and Odajima in Tokyo

Once a year for the past six years, a box of grapes has made a most dangerous journey. Packed on ice, it is driven by taxi on a five-hour 125-mile jou(...)

People lay flowers at a Sochi embankment the day after a Russian military plane crashed in the Black Sea, with no sign of survivors among the 92 onboard.  Photograph: Ekaterina Lyzlova/AFP/Getty Images

Russia mounted a major search-and-recovery operation in the Black Sea on Monday for the victims and the fuselage of a military passenger plane that cr(...)

Syrian civilians and rescuers gather at site of government forces airstrikes in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Shaar in Aleppo. Photograph: Getty Images

The Syrian-Russian offensive against eastern Aleppo is aimed at striking a decisive blow against opponents engaged in a debilitating war of attrition (...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and  Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin: Co-operation between Moscow and Ankara was agreed by  Putin and  Erdogan who is angered over western criticism of his policies and seeking realignment. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Russia’s announcement of its intention to establish a permanent base near Syria’s port of Latakia and the decision of Moscow and Ankara to conduct joi(...)

Razan Ibraheem: “My dad is so pro-women, he’s a kind of feminist. He never tried to restrict me. I questioned everything.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Razan Ibraheem stopped watching news reports from Syria temporarily in the run-up to her exams. Hearing tales of the death and destruction in her hom(...)

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