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Vladimir Putin’s one-day tour of the Middle East on Monday may not in itself have altered the regional dynamic, but it underlined two important and re(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (in camouflage) with Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu (both suited) visiting an  air base in Latakia Province, Syria, on  December 11. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to his country’s Khmeimim air base in Syria should have been no surprise. Putin has repeatedly declared his i(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “If the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen,” he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and ordered the Russian military to begin a partial withdrawal from the w(...)

A former millionaire shows us what remains of his shop in Damascus. Now a refugee living near Hanover, in Germany, he attends language classes each day with his wife and children. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

Reverse migration – efforts by Syrian refugees in Europe to return home – is a growing movement. But those who want to go face legal, practical and fi(...)

An Iraqi woman, carrying an infant, walks by the destroyed al-Nuri Mosque as she flees from the Old City of Mosul on July 5, 2017. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty

The defeat of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq has led to the smuggling of fighters into neighbouring countries from wh(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad hug at a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia on Monday. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

A surprise meeting on Monday between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad demonstrated both that Assad remains (...)

Lebanon’s foreign minister, Gebran Bassil, giving a press conference in Paris on Tuesday. He said prime minister Saad Hariri needed to return to Lebanon to prove he was free. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Saad Hariri will return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia within two days, he said on Tuesday, 10 days after his shock resignation as prime minister in a b(...)

Patrons of a coffee shop in Beirut watch the television interview on Sunday with prime minister Saad Hariri, which took place in Saudi Arabia. Speculation is rampant that he is being held hostage there. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Sunday evening interview with Lebanon’s prime minister was meant to put to rest the rampant speculation that he was being held hostage in Saudi Ar(...)

Republican US president-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan on  November 9th, 2016. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

NOV 2016 -JAN 2017 Nov 8th 2016 As polls close around the US, it becomes clear that Donald Trump is heading for victory. Shortly before 3am in the H(...)

Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor  during an operation by   Syrian government forces against Islamic State on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate was all but reduced on Friday to a pair of border towns at the Iraq-Syria frontier, where thousands of fight(...)

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