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Smoke billows following a Syrian government bombardment in the town of Douma in the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta. Photograph: Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army intensified its onslaught in eastern Ghouta on Saturday with advances that a war monitor and state media said had splintered the encla(...)

Syrians receive treatment for breathing difficulties at a clinic in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on March 7th  after regime air strikes which medics said  were consistent with a toxic attack. Photograph: Getty Images

Syria and Russia are determined to capture the jihadi-held enclave of eastern Ghouta despite pressure from the UN Security Council and western powers(...)

A Syrian child receives treatment for breathing difficulties at a clinic in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, after regime air strikes. Photograph: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s army is poised to slice rebel-held eastern Ghouta in two as forces advancing from the east link up with troops at its western edge, a pro-Dam(...)

A volunteer with the International Committee of the Red Cross photographs civil defence rescuers searching for the body of victim under a collapsed building that was hit by an air strike in eastern Ghouta on  February 22nd. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

Syrian government forces bombarded eastern Ghouta anew on Wednesday in an effort to slice the rebel enclave in two, intensifying a campaign to deal t(...)

President Michael D Higgins and  Sabina Higgins visit a refugee camp in Athens, Greece, in February. The Irish Refugee Council, Nasc and Oxfam Ireland are calling on the Government to expand the definition of family within the International Protection Act 2015. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Refugees separated from their families are more likely to experience anxiety and depression in their new home and less likely to be able to learn Engl(...)

TOSyrian civilians walk above the rubble of destroyed buildings in the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta on Monday. Photograph: Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images

The Russian military has offered Syrian rebels safe passage out of eastern Ghouta, setting out a proposal to let the insurgents surrender their last m(...)

 A Russian An-26 military transport plane  iin Chelyabinsk region, Russia. A plane of the same type has crashed  in Syria . File photograph: Interpress/Vladislav Belogrud via Reuters

A Russian transport plane crashed in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 32 people on board, Russian news agencies cited the Russian defence ministry as say(...)

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters carry  a wounded colleague in Afrin, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Turkey’s six-week old invasion of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin has put it on a collision course with both Russia and the United States. Ankar(...)

Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers give medical supplies to civilians in eastern Ghouta on Monday. Photograph: Syrian Arab Red Crescent/Reuters

An aid convoy has entered the besieged, rebel-held Syrian enclave in eastern Ghouta, two weeks into a renewed regime offensive that has killed more th(...)

Zaineb, from Aleppo in Syria, with one of her three children at an apartment funded by the EU, in Livadia. Photograph: DG Echo

When the mayor of the Greek city of Livadia, Giota Poulou, supported the construction of a mosque for the benefit of refugees and asylum seekers from (...)

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