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Children sit in the street as a baby drinks milk in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The war grumbles and growls from the suburbs and occasionally intrudes with deadly mortar strikes and car bombs, demanding attention and disrupting Da(...)

United Nations peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a news conference after meeting Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Grand Serail, the government headquarters, in Beirut earlier this month.  Photograph: Mohamed Azakir / Reuters

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi insists there will be only two Syrian delegations – government and opposition – at the proposed US and Russian-sp(...)

Medics transport a body at the site of explosions near the Iranian embassy in Beirut today. Photograph: Reuters

Two explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, rocked Iran’s embassy in Lebanon today, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cult(...)

  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “I have heard of teachers themselves bringing food to supplement individual children in their class who come to school hungry.” 
Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some people have asked why it is that in the face of the extraordinary demands for relief for people affected by disasters in the Philippines, Syria a(...)

A women sobs while praying in a  flooded church in Tacloban, Philippines, on Thursday,  six days after the city was largely destroyed by typhoon Haiyan. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times.

Collections to help alleviate suffering in the Philippines will take place at churches throughout the island of Ireland this weekend, while collection(...)

Demonstrators wear masks during a protest against the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons in Albania, in front of the US embassy in Tirana. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

Albania has rejected a US request to host the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a US-Russian accord to eliminate the nerve a(...)

Shi’ite pilgrims gather between the Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas shrines during the religious festival of Ashura. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters.

At least 19 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Iraqi police and pilgrims today, just before the end of a Shi’ite Muslim religious festival.(...)

Seeking a way out of the city, residents of Tacloban, Philippines, some injured, gather at the wreckage of the local airport. Photograph: Jes Aznar/The New York Times

Irish charities have renewed appeals for relief aid as new storms threaten to hamper rescue efforts in the Philippines. Plan Ireland chief exec(...)

A Syrian Alawite refugee woman sits with her children in a tent at the courtyard of Pirsultan Abdal Cemevi in Istanbul on October 11th last. Turkey has registered more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Syrian refugees detained by Greek police last month say they were beaten and denied food and water during a 12-hour detention period. “Mohammad”, a m(...)

A fighter from Tawhid Brigade, which operates under the Free Syrian Army, runs beside a tank in Base 80 area of Aleppo, yesterday as Syrian forces, backed by Lebanese Hizbullah militants, recaptured an army base in northern Syria from rebels. Photograph:  Molhem Barakat/Reuters.

The main Western-backed Syrian opposition group has said it intends to join peace talks with the Syrian government if conditions are met.After a vote (...)

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