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British prime minister Theresa May on a visit to Salisbury, where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent last week. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The joint statement yesterday by the leaders of France, Germany, the US and the UK, in which they said Russia was highly likely to have been behind th(...)

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(...)

Syrians from rebel-held Eastern Ghouta arrive at a government-held checkpoint in Adra after escaping the enclave through a corridor opened by government forces on Thursday. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Syrian civilians fled from a rebel pocket in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, crossing by foot to army positions in the first mass exodus from(...)

Finns topped the UN’s happiness rankings. Photograph: Getty

Happy are the people of the Nordic nations, happier, in fact, than anyone else in the world. And the overall happiness of a country is almost identica(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad waving at supporters after addressing parliament in Damascus in March 2011. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Seven years ago, Syrians inspired by Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt protested in Damascus and other Syrian cities, calling for democratic (...)

A market in the  Brussels suburb of Molenbeek.  Muslins make up 25% of the population of Brussels.   Photograph: Getty Images

I confess to being in two minds about telling this story. I accept that it probably does not reflect particularly well on your Brussels correspondent.(...)

Kasem Hijazy, head of Goal’s operation in Syria, at the agency’s  Dún Laoghaire office. Children in besieged Ghouta “can differentiate between the sound of bombs and even Kalashnikovs”  but not types of fruit, he says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kasem Hijazy has a row of photographs hanging on the wall of his office of colleagues who have died in Syria’s war. Whenever he feels exhausted or fea(...)

A Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army soldier with machine gun during an offensive, at Der Mismis Village, southeast of Afrin, Syria, on Tuesday. Photograph: STR/EPA

The UN and western powers have focused on the Syrian army’s offensive against jihadis in eastern Ghouta abutting Damascus, while Turkish forces have l(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott   in Austin  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PAT LEAHY The annual exodus of Government ministers and officials for St Patrick’s Day Day events is well underway with the United States, as usual, (...)

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters are seen in Khaldieh village in eastern of Afrin, Syria March 10, 2018. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Turkey’s military and its rebel allies have encircled the northern Syrian town of Afrin, the Turkish armed forces said on Tuesday. It marks a substa(...)

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