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Far-right party: Golden Dawn supporters holding Greek flags during a rally outside a courthouse in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Some European countries are coping better than others with the influx of non-EU citizens. Sweden in particular has been lauded for its immigration sys(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter, with an amputated leg, walks with a crutch in Daraya, near Damascus January 15, 2014. Picture taken January 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Hussam Zeen (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem said today he had handed Russia plans for a ceasefire with rebel forces in Syria’s biggest city, Aleppo, and (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rides a bicycle with his weapon at the Tameko pharmaceutical factory, after the FSA claimed to have taken control of the factory, in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Yaseen Abelall/Reuters

The intelligence services of some Western countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have visited Damascus to discuss security cooperation (...)

French president François Hollande takes a question from a journalist at the Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

President François Hollande was slightly more specific about his economic plans than about his private life at his press conference yesterday. (...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad (front 2nd left) attends a religious ceremony on the occasion the Prophet Muhamad’s birthday at al-Hamd mosque in Damascus on January 12th, 2014. Photograph: Sana/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov discussed the possibility of ceasefires in parts of Syria, Mr Kerry said today (...)

Masked Sunni gunmen take up position in Fallujah city, western Iraq. The Iraqi army has started a large-scale campaign to expel militants linked to al-Qaeda from an area in the volatile western province of Anbar. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Jalil
Baghdad bomb attack kills 9

A car bomb exploded outside a bus terminal in central Baghdad today, killing at least nine people and wounding 16, police and medics said.No group im(...)

Syrian rebel fighters hold their weapons as they walk along a street in Aleppo’s Salaheddine neighbourhood today. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Representatives of Syrian opposition groups meeting in Spain today failed to reach a common position on who would attend a US-Russian sponsored peace (...)

Iraqi soldiers man  a checkpoint in western Baghdad yesterday, Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

A suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded 36 in Baghdad today, officials said, in an attack on men volunteering to join the governmen(...)

An Iraqi soldier uses a binoculars at a checkpoint in Ein Tamarm, a town some 40 km west of Kerbala. Families fled violence in the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi with many arriving in the predominantly Shi’ite town of Kerbala, 86 km  south of Falluja. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters

Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and rebel groups including al-Qaeda was reported near Falluja yesterday, 24 hours after the United States agreed (...)

Syrian information minister Omran Zoabi said today the Syrian people have decided president Bashar al-Assad should be nominated for another term and would pressure him to stand in elections this year. The comments were the strongest indication yet that Dr Assad intends to extend his rule and are sure to anger opposition politicians and fighters. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Syria has moved the first batch of chemical weapon materials out of the country after transporting it from two sites to the port city of Latakia and o(...)

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