Military vehicles of Misrata forces, under the protection of Tripoli’s forces, are seen in Tajura neighborhood, east of Tripoli. Photograph:Hani Amara/Reuters

Eastern Libyan forces carried out an air strike on the southern part of Tripoli on Sunday, escalating an operation to take the capital des(...)

An internally displaced woman from Deraa province holds blankets near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, in Quneitra, Syria, on June 21st. Photograph: Alaa al-Faqir/Reuters

Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Deraa city for the first time in nearly a year on Monday, a rebel and a war monitor said, extend(...)

Jihad Makdissi: The head  of the opposition Cairo Platform called Russia’s role in ending the Syrian conflict “essential”. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

A Saudi-sponsored Syrian opposition group has cast doubt on the Damascus government’s willingness to reach agreement as talks on a peace deal continue(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas:  two Israeli scholars claim to have discovered that Mr Abbas was code-named “Krotov” or “Mole” and worked as a KGB agent in Syria in 1983. Photograph: Issam Rimawi/Reuters

Palestinians have dismissed as an Israeli “smear” an Israeli television report that President Mahmoud Abbas worked as a KGB agent when he lived in the(...)

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at  a press conference  in Brussels on Tuesday. “I will not speculate on the motives but this does not look like an accident,” he said. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Nato general secretary Jens Stoltenberg rejected claims by Russia that its incursion into Turkish airspace last weekend was accidental, amid claims t(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and US secretary of state John Kerry,  before a trilateral meeting on Monday in Doha. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/ pool photo via AP

Pressure for diplomatic resolution of the Syrian conflict appears to be growing as supporters of the government of Bashar al-Assad met in Tehran and S(...)