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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(...)

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

Unless new funds are found soon, the Trump administration’s decision on Friday to cancel the long-standing US financial contribution to the UN agency (...)

A series of loud blasts were heard early on Sunday near a military airbase outside the Syrian capital Damascus. Image: Google Maps

An electrical fault caused a series of loud blasts early on Sunday near a military airbase outside the Syrian capital Damascus, a Syrian military sour(...)

 Palestinian children arrive to their UNRWA school during the first school day at al-Jalazoun refugee camp near the west bank city of Ramallah, on  August 29th. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Palestinian refugees reacted with dismay on Saturday to a United States decision to halt funding to a UN agency, warning that it would lead to more po(...)

An Uighur man drinking in a tea shop in Kashgar City, Xinjiang province, China.  A UN panel said about a million Uighurs were being held in a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

China has rejected comments by United Nations human rights experts calling for the release of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs allegedly held i(...)

The late  Republican senator John McCain: Considered a great friend of Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The late US senator John McCain was a strong supporter of Israel and a hawk who urged US military intervention in the Middle East and elsewhere. Respo(...)

Rightwing demonstrators light flares on Monday in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, following the death of a 35-year-old German national who died in hospital after a “dispute between several people of different nationalities”, according to the police. Photograph: Odd ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

Three years ago today Angela Merkel uttered the phrase that will probably be her political epitaph. Faced with the largest immigration wave in Europea(...)

The mass detention and torture of innocent people during the Syrian civil war has turned into a ‘massacre’, people gathered at a vigil in Dublin were told. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees could face imprisonment, torture, rape and death if they are forced to return to their home country and live unde(...)

Syrian rebel fighters prepare in anticipation of an attack by the regime on Idlib province, in Kafr Zeta. Photograph: Zein Al Rifai/AFP/Getty Images

The UN envoy for Syria has proposed that civilians in the rebel-held region of Idlib could be evacuated to government areas. Staffan de Mistura expre(...)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aka MBS: Since his father became king in early 2015, MBS has made powerful enemies. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s decision toshelve the listing of the ’s national oil company Aramco on domestic and global share markets could lead to regime chan(...)

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