A billboard depicting General Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, in Benghazi. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

A string of victories by Turkish-backed forces in western Libya this week dealt a heavy blow to the ambitions of aspiring strongman Khalifa Hafter and(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  listens to Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan  in Istanbul,Turkey. File photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Turkey may be taking a detour from a collision course with Russia in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had(...)

An internally-displaced Syrian child stands outside a tent at a makeshift camp in Azaz, Syria, on  Thursday. Photograph:  Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Russian warplanes struck at rebel-held towns in northwest Syria again on Thursday and Turkish artillery supported insurgent attacks elsewhere as offi(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “There is no need for us to be engaged in a conflict or a serious contradiction with Russia at this stage.” Photograph: Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via Reuters

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey and Russia should resolve differences over the conflict in Syria’s Idlib without a(...)

Syrians drive with their belongings through Ariha in the northern countryside of Syria’s Idlib province as they flee an ongoing offensive by regime forces. Photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty

The Syrian army, backed by Russian air power, is engaged in a two-pronged offensive in al-Qaeda-held areas in Idlib and Aleppo provinces. Syrian force(...)

A member of Libya’s central security support force holds a weapon during a security deployment in the Tajura district, east of Tripoli, on Monday. Photograph: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has formally asked parliament in Ankara for a one-year mandate to send troops to Libya, where the (...)

Suspected members of Islamic State in a prison run by Kurdish-led forces in Syria. Ivor Prickett/New York Times

The Pentagon has said that the US withdrawal of troops from northern Syria has enabled Islamic State to revive and fortify and pose a fresh threat to(...)

Armenians gather around a mountain chasm believed to be a mass burial site during an centenary ceremony at Dudan, near Diyarbakir, Armenia, on April 22nd, 2015. File photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to recognise the Armenian genocide of a century ago, stepping into a fraught historical debat(...)

The Great Mosque of Tirana, which Turkey is building for €30m in the Albanian capital, will be the biggest mosque in the Balkans. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

By the time he turned 40, Ahmet had co-written 14 Turkish television series and worked in theatre and film, and was raising a son and a daughter with (...)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and US Vice President Mike Pence (L) before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey. Photograph: EPA

Turkey has agreed to temporarily cease its offensive in northern Syria for five days to enable Kurdish forces to withdraw from a contested area over w(...)

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