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A wounded Syrian woman from the al-Sukari neighbourhood is helped on to the back of a truck as she flees during the ongoing military  operation to retake remaining rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

A ceasefire in the last rebel-held pocket of eastern Aleppo was to take effect early on Thursday morning, opposition forces said, after a first failed(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in Moscow in 2015. Photograph: Reuters

The fall of eastern Aleppo to the Syrian army and its allies is a turning point in the protracted civil war, and the wider proxy war. Regime loyalis(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad  with the apostolic nuncio to Syria, Cardinal Mario Zenari, in Damascus on Monday. According to media reports, Cardinal Zenari handed Mr Assad a letter from Pope Francis expressing his heartfelt sympathy for Syria and its people and asserting the Vatican’s condemnation of all forms of extremism and terrorism. Photograph: EPA/Sana

The fight for Aleppo is almost at an end. The clusters of desperate Syrians who remain huddled in the last rebel redoubt face an imminent reckoning , (...)

Syrian residents flee violence in the eastern rebel-held parts of Aleppo through the Bab al-Hadid district after it was seized by government forces. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty

After months of a start/stop campaign, Damascus, Moscow and Tehran have vowed to recapture all of insurgent-held eastern Aleppo by the end of the yea(...)

Opec headquarters. Photograph: Getty

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) has agreed its first oil output cuts since 2008, a source told Reuters on Wednesday. Th(...)

 A destroyed train coach at the site of a rail incident in the city of Semnan, central Iran,  November 25th, 2016. Photograph: EPA

At least 44 people have been killed and 103 injured when an Iranian passenger train hit another at a station about 150 miles (250km) east of the capit(...)

Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, right, with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Supplies of food, water and basic healthcare items are ready to be deployed “in record time” to the more than 250,000 people trapped in eastern Alepp(...)

The Italian dish seppia con piselli (cuttlefish with peas): “It tastes like the sea and is just delicious”

For Carlinhos Cruz, nothing tastes quite as good as a well-prepared dish of rice and beans. When the Brazilian musician arrived in Ireland five years (...)

Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn, German foreign minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier, and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini  at  the EU   meeting in Brussels on Monday. Photograph:  Reuters/Yves Herman

EU ministers underlined their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal and increased pressure on the Assad regime in Syria on Monday, as Europe braced its(...)

The sacred shrine of Fatima Masuma in Qom, Iran.

A roadsign directs us to the Persian Gulf and our car swings a turn. Suddenly we’re driving into the evening sun; watching the golden globe hurrying t(...)

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