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Dutch Jesuit Fr Frans van der Lugt chats with civilians in the besieged area of Homs on January 29th. Fr van der Lug was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Homs. Photogtaph: Yazan Homsy/Reuters

A Dutch Jesuit priest was beaten and shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his monastery in the besieged Syrian city of Homs today, the Vatican s(...)

Yehya Chaker Charkieh, the millionth Syrian refugee in Lebanon, speaks to a representative at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tripoli, northern Lebanon. Photograph: Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

The number of Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon has topped one million, the UN high commission reported yesterday, pointing out that Syrians co(...)

Yehya Chaker Charkieh (left), the millionth Syrian refugee in Lebanon, speaks to a representative at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, today. Photograph: Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million today, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe cau(...)

A Free Syrian Army trainer addresses  fighters as he conducts a demonstration on how to use anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons at a training camp in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Syria, yesterday. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria’s three-year civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ha(...)

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine, greets his supporters at the AK Party headquarters in Ankara last night. He declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule. Photograph: Reuters

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule and said he would “enter th(...)

Supporters of the ruling AK Party wave Turkish and party flags as they wait for the arrival of Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan at the party’s headquarters in Ankara yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters/Umit Bektas

Early returns in Turkey’s crucial municipal elections last night indicated the government would hold much of its nation(...)

US president Barack Obama presents the executive director of Saudi Arabia’s national family safety programme, Maha Al Muneef, with the US secretary of state’s international woman of courage award in Riyadh. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US president Barack Obama’s brief encounter with Saudi king Abdullah at the weekend did not produce a meeting of minds or policy changes, but m(...)

Freed El Mundo Middle East correspondent Javier Espinosa (R) laughs as his son runs towards him after his arrival at Torrejon de Ardoz airbase near Madrid today. Photograph: Paco Campos/ Pool/Reuters

Two Spanish journalists held hostage in Syria by an al Qaeda-linked militant group for 194 days have been freed and handed over to the Turkish (...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (L) meets an Armenian parliamentary delegation in Damascus earlier this week. Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters.

Syrian president Bashar Assad is quietly preparing the ground to hold elections early this summer, even as the Syrian conflict rampages into it(...)

Refugees: a young girl walks through the tent settlement in Bekaa. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Before he left the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, more than three months ago, Malak Moaws owned two houses and drove a relatively new car. (...)

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