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Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu  will meet US president Donald Trump in the White House on Wednesday. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has left Israel for a meeting on Wednesday at the White House with US president Donald Trump, as members of (...)

US national security adviser  Michael Flynn, who has put Iran “on notice” over it test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The Trump administration’s threat to put Tehran “on notice” after it test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile have raised tensions in the Gulf regi(...)

Damaged buildings in the rebel-held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to p(...)

 Syrian pro-government forces on patrol as snow falls in Aleppo. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad appeared close to victory in Aleppo on Wednesday, but UN and rebel officials denied that an operation to evacuate fi(...)

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, smoke rises from green government buses in Idlib province, Syria on Sunday. Activists said militants had burned at least five buses assigned to evacuate wounded and sick people from two villages in northern Syria. Photograph: SANA via AP

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday the evacuation of the besieged villages of al-Foua and Kefraya had been postponed for an unkno(...)

An Israeli Hermes 900 unmanned plane gets ready to fly near the Israeli-Syrian border. Israel’s air force targeted IS gunmen in Syria after they fired on an Israeli soldier in the occupied Golan Heights. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Israeli aircraft have reportedly hit targets close to Damascus, in the country’s second strike in Syria this week. Various Arab media outlets report(...)

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri takes a selfie with journalists at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Saad Hariri has called for a national unity government after being named Lebanese prime minister, pledging to include all political blocs, even those (...)

Former general Michel Aoun commanded the country’s armed forces during the waning years of Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war. Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The Lebanese parliament is set to meet on Monday to elect former general Michel Aoun as president, following 2½ years of caretaker government since Mi(...)

A girl displaced by the fighting near Mosul at a checkpoint in Qayyara on Wednesday. Humanitarian agencies fear a catastrophic outflow of civilians from Mosul if there is heavy bombardment and urban warfare. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Why is Mosul under attack? Mosul is under attack because in June 2014 the city was seized by Islamic State during an offensive which gave the terror (...)

A boy walks amid damaged buildings in the rebel held area of al-Kalaseh neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

The fighting in Syria’s besieged enclave of eastern Aleppo has killed 338 people in the past few weeks, including 106 children, a senior World Health(...)

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