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 US president Joe Biden: A  declaration would not carry any tangible penalties beyond humiliating Turkey and tainting its history with an inevitable comparison to the Holocaust. Photograph: Doug Mills/EPA

Joe Biden is expected to recognise the Armenian genocide, becoming the first US president to formally designate as such the killings that occurred mor(...)

 A woman sits in front of makeshift tents as civilians take shelter in Haram region at the Syria-Turkey border, after fleeing Idlib Photograph:  Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The baby wasn’t moving. Her body had gone hot, then cold. Her father rushed her to a hospital, going on foot when he could not find a car, but it was (...)

 Wounded Syrian children receive treatment at a makeshift hospital following a reported airstrike on the industrial area of Idlib, in Northern Syria. Photograph: Abdulaziz Ketaz/AFP/Getty

The Syrian army on Tuesday secured control of the entire length of the country’s main north-south highway, a major strategic and moral gain for the go(...)

Syria’s last opposition-held province has been battered with 200 airstrikes in the past three days. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s last opposition-held province has been battered with 200 airstrikes in the past three days in an assault that has pushed 700,000 civilians to(...)

Hawassa, with its lake in the distance, and half-finished buildings whose construction has been halted due to economic turndown. Photograph: James Jeffrey

While Brits prepare for Brexit, in the Ethiopian lakeside city of Hawassa its residents have been grappling with similar concerns, plus a few addition(...)

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters drive armoured vehicles from northern Syria for a military operation in Kurdish areas, near the Syrian border. Photograph: EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, insisting that a planned “safe zone” wi(...)

US forces, accompanied by Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters, drive their armoured vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah, on the border with Turkey, in April 2017. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has claimed victory over the Islamic State terror group in Syria as the White House said it had begun to pull US troops out (...)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan: said Ankara would “in a few days” clear Syrian Kurdish fighters from northern Syria. Photograph: Murat Kula

The Pentagon has warned against “unilateral military action” after Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Ankara would “in a few days” launch(...)

An Islamic State fighter fires a weapon in this still image taken from a video said to be taken on the outskirts of Palmyra, Syria,  and uploaded on March 21st, 2016 by an agency affiliated to the  Islamic State terror group. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State is carrying out a rising number of kidnappings, killings and bombings in Iraq and fighting fiercely in Syria as the extremist group retu(...)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said the upcoming summit in Tehran would yeild positive results. File photograph: Vyacheslav Oseledko/ AFP/Getty Images

An attack on Syria’s Idlib, a rebel-held enclave, would be a massacre and the upcoming summit in Tehran, which will be attended by Iran, Russia and Tu(...)

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