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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 (...)

A  man cycles past destroyed buildings in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces launched a ground assault on the edge of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta enclave on Wednesday, seeking to gain territory despit(...)

Children receive treatment this week after a suspected gas attack on al-Shifunieh village, in eastern Ghouta, Syria. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

North Korea sent items used in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programmes to Syria along with missile technicians in violation of UN sanctions,(...)

Balela Salad – It’s a fantastic mix of flavours with the garlic, lemon and mint.

Tinned beans, lentils and chickpeas can often, understandably, lack that life that raw produce does. In this salad the lemon juice and mint injects so(...)

Smoke rises from  the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, Syria on Tuesday, where a United Nations-sponsored ceasefire has failed to take hold. Photograph: /AFP/Getty Images

Air strikes and rocket fire continued into the night on Tuesday, after a five-hour lull ordered by Vladimir Putin failed to provide aid to the rebel-h(...)

Syrian children and adults receive treatment for a suspected chemical attack at a makeshift clinic on the rebel-held village of al-Shifuniyah in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Sunday. Photograph: Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images

Russia said on Monday that it would establish a humanitarian corridor to allow civilians to leave rebel-held suburbs of Damascus during a five-hour da(...)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with President Michael D Higgins in Athens last Thursday. Photograph: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP
Greece: between east and west

The warm welcome extended to President Michael D Higgins on his state visit to Greece is evidence of the shared concerns of Ireland and Greece for the(...)

An injured child receives medical attention inside a hospital after a bombing in  Douma, Eastern Ghouta, earlier this week. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

Nearly 50 Syrian refugees have arrived in Ireland from Greece this week under the Government’s relocation programme. Twenty refugees arrived in Irel(...)

 A wounded man is treated  in a hospital in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Syrian opposition activists have reported a new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus, leaving three people dead (...)

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