People wait with their vehicles to cross Jaber-Nassib border crossing to Syria from Jordan on October 29th. A total of 344 refugees were said to have returned to Syria early this week Photograph:  Andre Pain/EPA

The reopening of Syria’s border with Jordan and the national museum in Damascus are seen by Syrians as signs of normality after seven years of civil c(...)

The settlement at Harjileh for displaced residents of the Damascus suburb of Daraya. Photograph: Michael Jansen

To reach the scrappy, breeze-block town of Harjileh, we turn off the main highway to the conflicted southern Syrian city of Deraa, where protests agai(...)

Residents gather near damaged cars at a site hit by what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, near a children’s park in Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograpgh: Yousef Albostany/Reuters

During a brief encounter with Syrian Arab Red Crescent (Sarc) president Abdul Rahman Attar on the stair at the organisation’s headquarters, I congratu(...)

Members of the Australian National Critical Care and Trauma response team arrive in Tacloban on Thursday to help people affected byTyphoon Haiyan. Photograph:  Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images

Arc lamps turn the night time day as the propellers of a giant Hercules C131 transporter plane scream to a halt. More refugees are disgorged to safety(...)