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Syrians gather  in  Umayyad Square,  Damascus, on April 14th to condemn the strikes by the US, Britain and France against the Syrian regime. Photograph: Getty Images

Shocked awake before dawn on Saturday by the reverberating explosions of 76 missiles striking a research facility at Barzeh northeast of the capital, (...)

A Syrian soldier films the damage of the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was targeted in air strikes. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told a group of Russian politicians on Sunday that Western missile strikes on his country were an act of aggression, (...)

US Navy sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, to move within striking range of Syria. Photograph: Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said he was holding meetings on Thursday on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison(...)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman  arrives for talks at  Downing Street in London earlier this month. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince has compared the supreme leader of Iran to Adolf Hitler and said that his country would acquire a nuclear bomb “a(...)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been largely silent since civil unrest erupted in Iran. Photograph: Ali al-Saad/Getty Images

Iran’s hardline factions once dubbed him “the miracle of the third millennium”. But former firebrand president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has turned into “t(...)

Pedestrians on the streets of Tehran last February. Twenty-nine people, most of them women, have been arrested in connection with recent protests in Iran against the compulsory Islamic veil for women. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times

The office of Iran’s president Sunday charged into the middle of one of the most contentious debates over the character of the Islamic Republic, sudde(...)

Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaks alongside  German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel and the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the Iran nuclear deal, in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The EU’s top foreign ministers have warned Donald Trump there is “no alternative” to the teetering nuclear agreement with Iran on the eve of a US deci(...)

Iranian students facing riot police during an anti-government protest around the University of Tehran on December 30th. Photograph: EPA/STR

Iran’s supreme leader has blamed foreign enemies for the anti-government demonstrations that have shaken the country for the past week. But the protes(...)

Opponents of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in Rome, Italy. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have deployed forces to three provinces to put down an eruption of anti-government unrest after six days of protests(...)

Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sitting under a portrait of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, as he speaks during a meeting with family members of Iranian martyrs, in Tehran yesterday. Photograph: EPA

The widespread protest movement in Iran over the last six days raises fundamental questions about the structure of power and on whether reformists or (...)

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