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A handout photo provided by the Iranian president’s office shows President Hassan Rouhani of Iran visiting the Bushehr nuclear power plant just outside of Bushehr, Iran, in January 2015. Photograph: Mohammad Berno/Iranian president’s office, via The New York Times

As a snapshot of the confusion and double-standards that characterise the Trump’s administration’s dealings with Iran, this was as good as any. Asked (...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu attending a  cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on June 2nd. Photograph:  Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

For a second day in a row Israel has reportedly hit targets deep inside Syria. Syrian officials said Israel attacked the T4 airfield east of Homs in t(...)

Guided missiles seen in the sky during what is reported to be an attack in Damascus, Syria in January. Photograph: Youmiyat Qadifat Hawun fi Damashq/Reuters

Syrian air defences targeted projectiles fired from the direction of Israel for the second night in a row, Syrian state media said on Saturday. The p(...)

Performers at the opening of the Al-Sham International Arabian Horse Festival in Damascus this week. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Reconstruction is a word spoken only in a whisper in Syria. No one hopes for a Marshall Plan to rebuild the country now the eight-year war has ended i(...)

Aftermath of an overnight rocket attack, on the Libyan capital of Tripoli on April 17th. Khalifa Haftar has launched an offensive to take the city. Photograph:  Mahmud Turkia/AFP

The US presidential veto of bipartisan congressional legislation to end US participation in the Yemen war could embolden the rulers of Saudi Arabia an(...)

Oleg Smorodinov arrives at his trial for the murder of Ivan Mamchur, in a courtroom in Rivne, Ukraine, on October 25th. Photograph: Joseph Sywenkyj/New York Times

The target lived on the sixth floor of a cheerless, salmon-coloured building on Vidinska Street, across from a thicket of weeping willows. Oleg Smorod(...)

A female fighter of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) flashes the victory gesture  on Saturday  after the SDF announced the total elimination of the Islamic State  group’s last bastion in eastern Syria. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images.

US-backed forces on Saturday said they had captured Islamic State’s last shred of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria, ending its territorial rule o(...)

Aeham Ahmad broadcast from the streets of Damascus

For four years, Aeham Ahmad played a soundtrack to a devastating war. In the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Syrian capital D(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan give a joint news conference following their trilateral talks in Sochi on February 14th. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyevass via Getty Images

In the Black Sea resort of Sochi on St Valentine’s Day, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin welcomed the leaders of Turkey and Iran with tea and biscuit(...)

Women and children who fled the Islamic State  group’s last embattled holdout of Baghouz wait to evacuate the area in Syria’s northern Deir Ezzor province, last Friday.  Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Washington’s plan to retain a small group of peacekeeping troops in Syria is a tactical reversal of US president Donald Trump’s strategic decision to (...)

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