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Smoke rises 4 kilometres east of Khan Shaykhun in the southern countryside of Idlib province. Photograph: Anas/AFP/Getty Images

Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded towns in Syria’s opposition-held Idlib province on Saturday, a day after a summit of the presidents of Turkey, Ir(...)

Bentiu Refugee Camp, South Sudan, by Brian Maguire

“I have had a policy of going to places where there’s no queue,” says Brian Maguire. “Prisons, Damascus and so on . . .” The artist has pulled into t(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their trilateral meeting in Tehran.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia on Friday failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall a Syrian goverment offensive in rebel-held Idl(...)

A scene from ‘Under the Wire’

Based on Paul Conroy’s memoir of the same name and bolstered by his likeable, hard-worn testimony, Under the Wire chronicles the last days of Sunday T(...)

Syrian children at a camp for displaced civilians fleeing from advancing Syrian government forces in Idlib province. Photograph: Amer Alhamwe/AFP/Getty Images

As the battle for Syria’s jihadi-dominated Idlib province looms, the UN is scrambling to avert a humanitarian disaster and calling for a negotiated so(...)

Syrians use dirt to put out a fire at the scene of a reported air strike in the district of Jisr al-Shughur, in Idlib province, on Tuesday. Photograph: Zein Al Rifai/AFP/Getty Images

With Russian and Syrian government forces poised to begin an all-out military offensive in Idlib, there is a real risk of humanitarian disaster in the(...)

Defence Forces troops of the 7th Infantry Battalion, Dublin, and members of the 58th Infantry Group training at the Glen of Imaal on September 5th. They are entering their final phase of training after three months of intensive preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Irish troops serving as part of a UN mission in the Middle East have moved back to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights after withdrawing four years a(...)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said the upcoming summit in Tehran would yeild positive results. File photograph: Vyacheslav Oseledko/ AFP/Getty Images

An attack on Syria’s Idlib, a rebel-held enclave, would be a massacre and the upcoming summit in Tehran, which will be attended by Iran, Russia and Tu(...)

Palestinian students attend their class at Haifa School which is run by the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides for Palestinian refugees, has one of the most important functions in the UN system.(...)

The offensive could trigger a ‘human tragedy’, Mr Trump has said. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has warned Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his allies against a “reckless attack” on Idlib province. It comes after Ir(...)

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