Syrian president Bashar al-Assad  talking with government troops in eastern Ghouta in the leader’s first trip to the former rebel enclave outside Damascus in years. Photograph: AFP /  Syrian presidency Facebook page

Confident of victory in eastern Ghouta, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited army positions around the besieged and trisected enclave. T(...)

Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, photographed in 2011, who was killed by Houthi rebels in Yemen on Monday after he switched sides and in the country’s civil war in order to  seek peace with Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

The Yemen civil war took a dramatic new turn on Monday when Houthi rebels backed by Iran killed the former president, punishing him for switching side(...)