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Injured children are treated at a hospital in rebel-held Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, on Monday. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

A fierce government assault on a besieged rebel-held suburb outside the Syrian capital has become one of the deadliest attacks of the country’s seven-(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up an object what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace as he gives a speech during the Munich Security Conference  in Germany. Photograph: AFP/ MSC Munich Security Conference/ Lennart Preiss

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incid(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron said contradictions within the European People’s Party and the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament are blocking progress. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AP

President Emmanuel Macron has called for a “recomposition” of political groupings within the European Parliament and indicated that he is likely to fo(...)

A Civil defence member reacts at a damaged site after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 9th, 2018. Photograph:  REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

The United Nations said on Monday the suffering of civilians in Syria has worsened since it called for a ceasefire six days ago in a humanitarian init(...)

Flames rise from a missile, which according to the Lebanon national news agency appears to be part of a Syrian air defense missile targeting an Israeli warplane which landed in a lemon grove, in Hasbani village, southwest Lebanon, on Saturday. Photograph: AP

An Israeli minister has said that by striking key Iranian sites in Syria it sent a clear message that it will not tolerate an Iranian military foothol(...)

Israeli soldiers inspect the remains of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet that was shot down after taking fire from a  Syrian anti-aircraft system, near the northern Israeli Kibbutz  of Harduf. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel launched its most intensive air strikes yet against Iranian forces in Syria on Saturday after intercepting what it said was an Iranian drone an(...)

People walk on rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

The defeat of Islamic State’s territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria has plunged Syria into fresh conflicts involving local and external forces form(...)

A man holds a child after an air strike in the besieged town of Douma, eastern Ghouta, near Damascus on  Wednesday. Photograph:  Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The US-led coalition has killed dozens of fighters loyal to president Bashar al-Assad in a rare use of air strikes against Syrian government-backed fo(...)

Syrians reportedly suffering from breathing difficulties following Syrian regime air strikes on the northwestern town of Saraqeb rest  at a field hospital.  Photograph: Omar Hajkadour/AFP/Getty

The UN called for a one-month truce to deliver aid to Syria as Russian-backed government forces pummelled rebel-held pockets. Opposition activists say(...)

 Suspected members of Islamic State at a security screening centre in Kirkuk, Iraq, last October. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Islamic State is regrouping in Syria despite being driven from its strongholds as the jihadi force exploits rivalries between its foes in an attempt t(...)

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