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Spring turns to winter
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  • December 29, 2013, 12:32

If there are common threads running through the world turmoil of 2013, notably of its most unstable region, the Middle East, they are perhaps the indi(...)

An Israeli police explosive expert carries the remains of a rocket after it landed near the northern town of Kiryat Shmona today. Photograph: Reuters

Rockets launched from Lebanon struck northern Israel today, causing no injuries or damage, and Israel responded with artillery fire across a border th(...)

Chemical weapons: Syrian activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed in a  nerve gas attack on the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus in August by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Nearly three years after the euphoria, both inside and outside the region, that greeted the tumultuous events of the spring of 2011, the Middle East l(...)

A boy walks near a damaged site yesterday  after what activists said was heavy shelling by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad in Duma, Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Moscow has sent 25 armoured trucks and 50 other vehicles to Syria to help transport toxins that are to be destroyed under an international agreement t(...)

Irish troops on patrol with Kfor, the peace enforcing mission in Kosovo. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Off the coast of Somalia, men and women from across Europe are proving the old adage that no news can be good news. Stories of piracy used to make fro(...)

People walk along a street in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood. Fighting between insurgents and pro-government forces was reported to be raging in the city yesterday. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters

Syrian government forces have carried out a widespread and systematic campaign of enforced disappearances of people to terrorise the population, a com(...)

Derry Vice President of St Vincent de Paul, Cormac Wilson, at the Society’s premises at Bridge Street in Derry: “Our only criterion is need. Poverty does not discriminate and we don’t discriminate.” Photograph: Trevor McBride.

It’s been another hectic day for Cormac Wilson between rushing to the City Hotel in Derry for a joint Society of St Vincent de Paul/Salvation Army Chr(...)

Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of the Islamist party Ennahda,  at party headquarters in Tunis. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times

Compromise has been in short supply since Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring more than two years ago. This small North African nation has once again brok(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter plays with a dog along a street in Deir al-Zor. The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province  - where polio broke out this year - from a 2012 vaccination campaign. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters.

The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province of Deir al-Zor - where polio broke out this year - from a 2012 vaccination campaign. Au(...)

Syrian children  in a refugee camp in  the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.  Photograph: EPA/STR

Amnesty International castigated Europe yesterday for failing to play its part in providing a safe haven for Syrian refugees as three infants died fro(...)

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