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  UN special envoy  for Syria Staffan de Mistura: hopes progress can be achieved in talks between the Syrian government and militants  in Geneva after ceasefires have been agreed in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Syrian army regained territory from Islamic State in central and eastern Syria on Wednesday as ceasefire talks got under way again in Kazakhstan.(...)

Carla del Ponte, who has resigned from the UN commission investigating war crimes and violence against civilians in Syria. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/Keystone/ AP

UN secretary-general António Guterres continues to support the work of the UN commission investigating war crimes and violence against civilians in Sy(...)

Syrian refugees arrive in Wadi Hamayyed, on the outskirts of Lebanon’s northeastern border town of Arsal, to board buses bound for the northwestern Syrian town of Idlib on Wednesday, August 2nd. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty

A ceasefire and evacuation agreement between Hizbullah of the Lebanon and al-Qaeda’s Jabhat Fatah al-Sham got under way on Wednesday when more than 15(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. “Interrogating the commissioner before the Public Accounts Committee has become a political blood sport.” Photograph: Eric Luke

If all goes to plan, 2018 will witness the report of the independent “root-and-branch” review of An Garda Síochána, the product of the commission anno(...)

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: has just been appointed crown prince by his father, King Salman bin Abdelaziz Saudi. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty

Riyadh in mid-summer, nearing the end of the Ramadan fast, is a cauldron of searing heat. The political temperature in the Saudi Arabian capital and a(...)

US president Donald  Trump shakes hands with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas after they held a joint press conference  in Bethlehem on Tuesday. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

US president Donald Trump flew out of Israel on Tuesday declaring that the United States believes that both Israel and the Palestinians, backed by mod(...)

The Syrian government has said an aerial ‘aggression’ on one of its military positions near the border with Jordan by the US-led coalition killed several soldiers. File photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP Photo

The Syrian government has said an aerial “aggression” on one of its military positions near the border with Jordan by the US-led coalition killed seve(...)

Flames rising in the distance, which are believed to be coming from Damascus International Airport, viewed from the town of Douma. said. Photograph: Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty

Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hizbullah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting weapons sent from Iran via com(...)

US  Defence secretary James Mattis  meets Israeli president Reuven Rivlin at his residence in Jerusalem on Friday. Photograph: Debbie Hill/ EPA

US defence secretary James Mattis says there is “no doubt” that Syria retains chemical weapons and he warned the regime of Bashar al-Assad against usi(...)

 File image of a test launch for an Israeli ballistic missile interceptor. File photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

The Israeli military said it shot down one of several anti-aircraft missiles launched on Friday at its air force as it was operating in Syria, in a ra(...)

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