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Iranian president Hassan Rouhani delivers his speech during a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, at the Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

President Hassan Rouhani struck a defiant tone as millions of Iranians gathered in cities across the country to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the (...)

Israeli soldiers taking cover near the Israel Gaza border on November  12th. The Israeli military said it had dispatched fighter jets to strike “terror targets” throughout Gaza. Photograph: APÊPhoto/Tsafrir Abayov

On Sunday evening a civilian car pulled up at a Hamas checkpoint set up among the warren of streets in Khan Younis, a town in the Gaza Strip close to (...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and French president Emmanuel Macron   at UN headquarters in New York last month. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

France finally reacted this week to an alleged Iranian plot to bomb a rally by an opposition group outside Paris, more than three months after the plo(...)

Supporters of the Progressive Socialist Party carry  party flags and  shout slogans during the Lebanese parliamentary elections  in the town of Moukhtara, at Chouf district in Mount Lebanon. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Cars and motor bikes festooned with fluttering yellow and green flags charge along the main drag of the “capital of the resistance,” the south Lebane(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron is received by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, earlier in November 2017. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty

President Emmanuel Macron has invited the embattled Lebanese Sunni leader Saad Hariri, his wife and three children to lunch at the Élysée Palace on Sa(...)

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain have issued demands to Qatar. Photograph: AFP

The Arab states that have cut ties with Qatar have given the Gulf nation 10 days to comply with a series of demands, including the closure of the Al J(...)

Regaining control of the oil-producing province of Deir al-Zor from Isis and Syria’s eastern border with Iraq are essential if Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is to achieve his   goal of reuniting Syria. Photograph: Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has vowed to defend proposed Russian de-escalation zones, punish violators with the aid of Iran and Hizbullah, and re(...)

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(...)

Shahad Muhammed nour Al Mubarak (6) with a  prosthetic leg at a rehabilitation centre in Sanliurfa,  Turkey, run by the UK-based charity Muntada Aid in partnership with Aid Turkey. Shahad lost her right leg in an explosion outside her home in Aleppo on November 27th, 2013, in which her younger brother was killed. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

As the Syrian regime was about to launch its latest offensive on Aleppo, it sent people in the rebel-held east a text message with a stark warning. “(...)

An injured child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, on Monday following an air strike by government forces. Experts fear Syria’s war could last for many more years. Photograph: Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images

It may take weeks or months, but Aleppo is likely to fall to Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power and the most lethal bombardment in n(...)

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