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Buses waiting at the entrance of Harasta in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on Thursday, after a deal was struck with the rebels in the area to evacuate the town. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian government moved closer to ending rebel resistance in eastern Ghouta as civilians streamed out of one of its besieged, bomb-battered towns (...)

An ambulance carrying Syrians wounded in a rebel rocket attack on a busy shopping area in the Jaramana suburb arrive at a hospital in Damascus on Wednesday.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army and its allies advanced into insurgent-held eastern Ghouta on Wednesday as civilians living in the nearby Jaramana suburb of the capit(...)

Combination of pictures shows an aerial view of a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor during bombardment in 2007. Photograph: Israeli army/Getty Images

In what appears to be a warning to Iran, Israel has formally admitted that it destroyed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007. Until now, Israel(...)

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin  speak during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July  2017. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

US president Donald Trump has called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his landslide victory in Sunday’s election, breakin(...)

 Unifil peacekeepers marking the 40th anniversary of the force’s  presence in southern Lebanon  at Unifil headquarters in Naqoura,  south Lebanon, on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Ali Hashisho

Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe, together with the Deputy Chief-of-Staff of the Defence Forces, Maj-Gen Kieran Brennan, and several other senior offic(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad  talking with government troops in eastern Ghouta in the leader’s first trip to the former rebel enclave outside Damascus in years. Photograph: AFP /  Syrian presidency Facebook page

Confident of victory in eastern Ghouta, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited army positions around the besieged and trisected enclave. T(...)

Vladimir Putin: The system of “managed democracy” that Putin instituted to perpetuate his rule requires the formal rituals of democracy

Few things are certain in politics, but the election of Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as president of Russia is a fairly safe bet. Sunday’s electio(...)

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(...)

A man carries an elderly woman as hundreds of civilians, who were evacuated from eastern Ghouta, take buses to makeshift centres, on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on Friday. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Thousands of civilians were fleeing from besieged enclaves on opposite ends of Syria on Friday as two major battles in the multisided war entered deci(...)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman  arrives for talks at  Downing Street in London earlier this month. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince has compared the supreme leader of Iran to Adolf Hitler and said that his country would acquire a nuclear bomb “a(...)

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