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A Syrian man holds a wounded child at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, following air strikes by regime forces on the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Hamza Al-Ajweh/Getty Images

Why has the Syrian government launched an offensive in eastern Ghouta? Since most of the suburbs of Damascus have been returned to government control(...)

An RAF Typhoon plane flies above  southern Cyprus on Thursday. Photograph: Darren Staples

Britain’s entry into the air war in Syria against Islamic State is unlikely to drive the militarised cult from its capital at Raqqa city, the country(...)

Palestinians inspect a destroyed car after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Islamic Jihad, Hamas and other Palestinian armed factions yesterday accepted a new Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza with the aim of ending 50(...)