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Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: The abrupt clampdown on corruption could exacerbate criticism of other risky policies he has adopted. Photograph:  Presidency Press Service/Pool Photo via AP

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has shaken the kingdom to its foundations by detaining senior princes, ministers and wealthy businessmen and fi(...)

Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor  during an operation by   Syrian government forces against Islamic State on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate was all but reduced on Friday to a pair of border towns at the Iraq-Syria frontier, where thousands of fight(...)

A military  commander in Syria said the Israeli air strike had hit a copper factory in the industrial town of Hisya, 35km (21 miles) south of Homs and 112km north of Damascus. File photograph: Google Street View

An Israeli air strike targeted a factory south of the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday and the Syrian army responded by firing a surface-to-air missi(...)

Children hold Palestinian flags as they celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal, in the Gaza Strip on October 12th. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Palestinian groups have vowed to press on with reconciliation efforts, saying Israel’s decision not to hold peace negotiations with a Palestinian gov(...)

Russian  sappers clearing the historic city of Palmyra of mines after it was recaptured from Isis. Photograph: TASS via Getty Images

This week marks the second anniversary of Russia’s direct armed intervention on the Syrian government side, which turned the tide in its favour in the(...)

  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(...)

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