Civilians flee the conflict zone in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib on Thursday. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces opened a corridor on Thursday for people who want to leave insurgent territory in northwest Syria, where an army offensive ha(...)

Members of the Syrian Civil Defense search for victims at the site of a reported air strike on the village of Deir Sharki on the eastern outskirts of Maaret al-Numan in Syria’s northern province of Idlib on Saturday. Photograph: Abdulaziz Ketaz/AFP/Getty

Air strikes have resulted in the deaths of more than two dozen civilians in northwestern Syria in the last two days in an escalation of a Russian-bac(...)

Hundreds of students gather to protest the decision of Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) to run for a fifth term, in Algiers, earlier this week. Photograph:  Anis Belghoul/AP Photo

The 250,000 US diplomatic cables dumped online by Wikileaks in 2010 – a vast compendium of intelligence, insight, gossip and idle speculation – remain(...)

Students hold an Algerian flag as they take part in a protest in Algiers on Tuesday. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

As protests raged across Algeria against a fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ailing leader was languishing in a Swiss hospital, the s(...)

A busy street in the northern city of Idlib, Syria’s mostly rebel-held province. Photograph:   Muhammad Haj Kadour / AFP

Al-Qaeda’s offshoot in Syria has consolidated its hold over the northwestern Idlib province, opening the door for a postponed Syrian army offensive ag(...)

Syrian civilians cross from rebel-held areas in Idlib province into regime-held territories on December 27th, 2018. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/ AFP/Getty

Battles between rival insurgent factions in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province have killed dozens of fighters over the past week and left al-Qaeda af(...)

A Syrian rebel fighter from the National Liberation Front. Photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP/Getty Images

The agreement reached by Russia and Turkey for the creation of a demilitarised buffer zone surrounding the Syrian province of Idlib appeared to falter(...)

A Turkish military vehicle drives southwards along the main Damascus-Aleppo highway  in Syria’s mostly rebel-held northern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish troop reinforcements on Tuesday streamed into Syria’s Idlib province as the countdown began on the creation of a U-shaped demilitarised buffer(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following their talks in Sochi on Monday.  Turkish-US relations have soured, encouraging Moscow to establish a bilateral regional strategic alliance.  Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via Reuters

The decision by Russia and Turkey to establish a demilitarised zone around Syrian’s Idlib province to avert a Syrian army offensive to recapture the j(...)

A Syrian soldier stands guard as people  ride in a vehicle at the Abu Duhur crossing on the eastern edge of Idlib province on Monday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

A group affiliated with al-Qaeda in Syria has adopted a defiant tone as the Syrian army has deployed elite armoured and assault divisions along the so(...)