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Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban during a joint news conference following their talks at the Kremlin. Photograph: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Eurosceptic Hungarian premier Viktor Orban have discussed deeper energy and financial co-operation and congratula(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following their talks in Sochi on Monday.  Turkish-US relations have soured, encouraging Moscow to establish a bilateral regional strategic alliance.  Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via Reuters

The decision by Russia and Turkey to establish a demilitarised zone around Syrian’s Idlib province to avert a Syrian army offensive to recapture the j(...)

A Russian IL-20M (Ilyushin 20m) plane. Russia blamed Israel on Tuesday for the loss of a military IL-20M jet to Syrian fire, killing all 15 servicemen on board. Photograph: Nikita Shchyukin/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin moved to ease tensions after a dangerous row erupted between Russia and Israel on Tuesday over the accidental downing(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarised zone in Syria’s Idlib region from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw b(...)

A Syrian refugee boy stands in front of his family tent at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants next to the Moria camp on  Lesbos. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Nestled among the hills on the eastern coast of the island of Lesbos lies a small, sleepy Greek village with cobblestoned streets called Moria. Travel(...)

A Yemeni child stands among armed supporters of Houthi rebels during a gathering to mobilise more fighters into the Hodeidah battlefront, in Sanaa, Yemen, last week.  Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

As the world’s attention remains focused on a likely catastrophic humanitarian fallout from any Syrian army offensive against jihadis in Idlib provinc(...)

Illegal migrants sit inside the Ganzour shelter after being transferred from  the airport road due to fighting in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, a week ago. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday, hundreds of refugees and migrants in Tripoli’s Abu Salim detention centre felt a glimmer of hope. After months of waiting to be recognised(...)

People take part in a mourning march in Koethen, eastern Germany following the killing of a 22-year-old man. Photograph:  Odd Andersen / AFP

A 22-year-old German man died overnight in the eastern town of Koethen and two Afghans have been detained on suspicion of killing him, the police and (...)

Smoke billows following Syrian  bombardment of Al Habit on the edges of rebel-held Idlib province,  September 9th, 2018. Photograph:  Omar Haj Kadour/Getty

Russian and Syrian jets resumed intensive strikes in Idlib and Hama on Sunday, residents and rescuers said, as Damascus stepped up its assault on the (...)

The extended Al Salih family from Deir Ez-Zor, Syria.

My role in Moria was as an Arabic-speaking cultural mediator, helping to facilitate communication between children and our health staff, and speaking (...)

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