In this image from video footage by Russian state television RU24, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview in Damascus yesterday.

Syria yesterday applied to sign up to the global ban on chemical weapons, with the UN confirming it had received its application to join the Chemical (...)

Turkey minister of youth and sports Suat Kilic speaks to the media . Photograph:  Halleran/Getty Images

After two years of intense lobbying and tens of millions of dollars spent, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are making their final pleas to the Internationa(...)

A Syrian girl holds a sign during a demonstration on Sunday in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib province, northern Syria.  Photograph: Edlib News Network ENN/AP

  The Syrian government yesterday hit back at the US and its allies by asking UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to “assume his responsib(...)

Vehicles bearing Syria’s national flag and playing pro-President Bashar al-Assad songs, parade through the streets in Damascus today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

The powerful brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is suspected of authorising the chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of Syrian civili(...)

Turkish Orthodox church in Karakoy.

In the Karakoy quarter of bustling Istanbul, Christian crosses abruptly appear on window frames along an aged red brick wall. At first glance there ar(...)

Egypt’s interim vice president Mohamed El Baradei, who resigned yesterday, speaks at a news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Cairo in July. Ms Ashton called on the security forces to “exercise utmost restraint and on all Egyptian citizens”. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

The EU and US have castigated yesterday’s use of force by the Egyptian authorities to disperse Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Nasr City and Giza. EU fo(...)

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan:  “We have suffered greatly from military coups . . . We don’t want our Egyptian brothers to suffer as well.” Photograph: Reuters/Osman Orsal

Protests calling for the reinstatement of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi continue across Egypt. But Egypt is not the only country with visibl(...)

‘What is happening in Egypt is the fall of what is known as political Islam,” Syrian president Bashar al-Assad pronounced confidently on Wednesday. As(...)

Melih Sezer in his pharmacy in the  Moda district of Istanbul: “When people beat pots and pans are they anarchists, are they terrorists?”

Melih Sezer’s 81-year-old body did not stop him from protesting in Istanbul’s Gezi Park – not until riot police used tear gas to drive demonstrators f(...)

Members of the Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions of Turkey (Disk) take part in a protest in central Ankara yesterday. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Riot police and trade union members clashed in Istanbul and Ankara yesterday as Turkey’s deputy prime minister threatened the army could be deployed t(...)

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