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 Civilians carry their belongings over their head as they flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AF

  Turkish ground troops have stepped up their offensive against Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, seizing villages and continuing an aerial(...)

Fighters and veterans  march in front of the UN headquarters in the northern Kurdish Syrian city of Qamishli during a protest against Turkish threats. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s military struck the Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, as Ankara prepared to attack(...)

Relatives attend the private burial  of former French president Jacques Chirac at Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of French people demonstrated their affection for Jacques Chirac, the former president who died on September 26th at the age of 86, by queui(...)

 US secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference  in New York, US, on Monday. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the US had concluded the government of president Bashar al-Assad in Syria had used chlorine as(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (C) attends a meeting in Damascus on August 9th. Photograph: Syrian Arab News Agency/EPA

The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran are to meet on Monday to try to secure a lasting truce in northwest Syria following attacks there by the govern(...)

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(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  and French president Emmanuel Macron: met to discuss the way ahead. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin

President Emmanuel Macron positioned himself as an intermediary between Russia, Europe and the G7 group of the world’s leading democracies by receivin(...)

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(...)

The Grace 1 supertanker at anchor in the British territory of Gibraltar on Thursday. Photograph:  Marcos Moreno/AP

Gibraltar has released an Iranian tanker at the centre of a dispute between Britain and the Islamic republic after a court set aside a last-minute US (...)

Salah Estwani, 26, has received instructions from German authorities to go back to Syria. Photograph: Sally Hayden

It’s been two weeks since Salah Estwani got a seven-page letter telling him he needs to go back to Syria. He’s 26 – a Shakespeare lover with a bushy b(...)

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