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Kurdish people living in Greece  protesting at    EU offices in Athens on April 11th,  They were calling for international intervention for Kurds in the Syrian city of Afrin.  Photograph: Getty Images

Turkey has castigated the Arab League for demanding the withdrawal of the Turkish army and allied Syrian militias from the Kurdish Afrin district in S(...)

Syrian army soldiers advancing in an area on the eastern outskirts of Douma. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against civilians in Douma last weekend has now brought about a US-led military response. Don(...)

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 (...)

Gina Haspel also drafted a cable ordering the destruction of CIA interrogation videos in 2005. Photograph: Central Intelligence Agency/Handout/AFP

Donald Trump’s pick for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, reportedly oversaw a black site prison in Thailand where terrorism suspe(...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman is welcomed by British PM Theresa May on the first of his three-day visit to the UK. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

The first overseas tour undertaken by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was intended as a “charm offensive” but has sparked controversy in the tw(...)

Smoke billows following a Syrian government bombardment in the town of Douma in the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta. Photograph: Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army intensified its onslaught in eastern Ghouta on Saturday with advances that a war monitor and state media said had splintered the encla(...)

Syrians receive treatment for breathing difficulties at a clinic in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on March 7th  after regime air strikes which medics said  were consistent with a toxic attack. Photograph: Getty Images

Syria and Russia are determined to capture the jihadi-held enclave of eastern Ghouta despite pressure from the UN Security Council and western powers(...)

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters carry  a wounded colleague in Afrin, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Turkey’s six-week old invasion of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin has put it on a collision course with both Russia and the United States. Ankar(...)

Black smoke rises as the capital of Burkina Faso comes under multiple attacks. Photograph: Ahmed Ouoba/AFP/Getty Images

Armed assailants attacked several targets in Burkina Faso’s capital on Friday, including the army headquarters and the French embassy, in a co-ordinat(...)

A  man cycles past destroyed buildings in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces launched a ground assault on the edge of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta enclave on Wednesday, seeking to gain territory despit(...)

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