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Injured children are treated at a hospital in rebel-held Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, on Monday. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

A fierce government assault on a besieged rebel-held suburb outside the Syrian capital has become one of the deadliest attacks of the country’s seven-(...)

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters  hold  weapons aloft near the city of Afrin, Syria, on Monday. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Syrian forces are poised to enter two contested enclaves, Afrin – where Kurdish militiamen are battling the Turkish army and its Syrian surrogates – a(...)

A group of women comfort each other after a memorial service in the Russian Orthodox Church in Kizlyar, Russia on Monday, following Sunday’s gun attack.  Photograph:  RU-RTR Russian Television via AP

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in the Russian region of Dagestan on Sunday, when a gunman opened fire on worshippers lea(...)

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(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron said contradictions within the European People’s Party and the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament are blocking progress. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AP

President Emmanuel Macron has called for a “recomposition” of political groupings within the European Parliament and indicated that he is likely to fo(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara:  Mr Erdogan was enraged when the US announced it planned to support a “border force” for Kurdish-run areas. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer

The US and Turkey have agreed to “lock arms” and work together in northern Syria after holding crisis talks aimed at pulling the relationship between (...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson meets Turkisb president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday. Photograph: Turkish presidential press service/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey said on Thursday it had demanded the United States expel a Kurdish militia from forces it backs in Syria, setting up the visiting US secretary(...)

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra hugs prime minister Mark Rutte after announcing his resignation in the Dutch parliament on Tuesday. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch foreign minister Halbe Zijlstra quit on Tuesday after admitting that he had lied about attending a meeting in 2006 at which he said Russian pres(...)

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(...)

An aerial view of Raqqa, the one-time capital of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate, after US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said military operations to oust the jihadist group ended last October. Photograph: Gabriel Chaim/AP

The collapse of Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq has been one of the most positive developments of recent years. Having terrorised the 10(...)

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