A Syrian government forces recruit sits near a destroyed building in al-Qaryatain, a town in the province of Homs in central Syria, after Syrian troops regained control from Islamic State on April 3rd. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An hour’s drive from Homs on the road to al-Qaryatain lies the Old Testament village of Sadad, said to be the world’s oldest. Two elderly men in dark (...)

People have been accused of collaboration for having a picture of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on their phones, according to one source. Photograph: EPA

Gunmen have abducted 230 civilians, including at least 60 Christians, in a central Syrian town hours after it fell to Islamic State, according to the (...)