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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad waving at supporters after addressing parliament in Damascus in March 2011. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Seven years ago, Syrians inspired by Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt protested in Damascus and other Syrian cities, calling for democratic (...)

Daryl McCormack, Michelle O’Rourke, Yemi Azamosa and Ashley Xiu rehearsing for ‘The Mouth of a Shark’, a new play by Oonagh Murphy. Photograph: Liv O’Donoghue

My great-uncle George grew up in rural Tipperary. My childhood memories of him, my grandmother’s brother, are of a well-dressed, white-haired man, wit(...)

An aerial view of Raqqa, the one-time capital of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate, after US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said military operations to oust the jihadist group ended last October. Photograph: Gabriel Chaim/AP

The collapse of Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq has been one of the most positive developments of recent years. Having terrorised the 10(...)

On Saturday January 27th, 2018, 329 refugees and migrants, mostly from Eritrea and Bangladesh, waited to be rescued by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil. Photograph: Santi Palacios/AP

An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler’s boat capsized early on Friday, leaving three known surv(...)

 Tunisians wave national flags during a celebration to mark the seventh anniversary of the uprising that ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis last month. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

For those of us who were there – apart, presumably, from the family, friends and entourage of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the dictator who had just been (...)

Arab Spring: seven years after Tunisians took to the streets to oust Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, crowds rallied in search of the lost promise of that uprising. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/ Reuters
Tunisia: simmering discontent

Seven years after Tunisians took to the streets to oust the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, crowds returned to the streets of Tunis in recent days i(...)

People attend demonstrations on the seventh anniversary of the toppling of president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, in Tunis, on Sunday. Photograph:  Amine Ben Aziza/Reuters

Hundreds of Tunisians demonstrated peacefully against government austerity measures in the capital after nearly a week of sometimes violent protests o(...)

Tunisian protesters clash with security forces in Ettadhamen, Tunisia, on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Tunisian authorities have arrested more than 300 people after a third night of violent rioting sparked by anger at austerity measures agreed with the(...)

Increases in air traffic to Ireland will bring more than 30 new routes to Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Kerry, Ireland West, Belfast City and Belfast In(...)

Mai El-Mahdy: “I want to be part of what’s happening here politically, I want to vote in the repeal referendum next year.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

When Mai El-Mahdy started seeing posts on social media about the revolution spreading across the Middle East she struggled to believe the protest move(...)

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