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US authorities are planning to ban passengers  on certain US-bound foreign airline flights from taking electronic devices larger than mobile phones. File photograph: Getty Images

The Trump administration confirmed on Tuesday it is imposing new restrictions on electronic devices carried by travellers to the United States from 10(...)

Photo from 2005 shows the entrance of the Suaga (Suwaqa) prison, south of the capital Amman. Jordan hanged 15 death row prisoners including convicted “terrorists” at dawn on March 4th its information minister said, in a further break with a moratorium on executions it observed between 2006 and 2014. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images

Jordan executed 15 people on Saturday including 10 convicted on terrorism charges ranging from an attack a decade ago on Western tourists to the slay(...)

Syrian refugee children walk to  school during rainy weather at  Al Zaatari refugee camp in  Jordanian city of Mafraq, near  border with Syria. Photograph:  Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

“The future is dark, but in our architectural department, we’re already working on designs for rebuilding Syria some day,” says Raed (26), an architec(...)

 Syrian rebel fighters are evacuated from Aleppo towards rebel-held territory. Photograph: Youseff Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army said it had retaken complete control of Aleppo on Thursday, after the last rebel fighters were evacuated from the city, in what would(...)

 Rawan Al Masri: “People here are nice, but  only know the bad side of Arabic countries.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Rawan Al Masri was in her final year at secondary school when her parents decided it was time to leave Syria. Al Masri’s older brother was already stu(...)

Medical staff treat a girl in a hospital in the southern city of Deraa after a rocket fired at government-held areas hit a primary school, killing at least six, according to offocial news agency SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. Photograph: SANA via AP

Russian jets resumed heavy bombing of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Tuesday after several days of relative calm, a rebel official and the Britain-based(...)

Islamic State (Isis) militants have abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported. File photograph: Reuters

Islamic State (Isis) militants have abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported as fighting(...)

Palmyra citadel: when  Syrian troops took back Palmyra from Islamic State they found the extremists have caused wide damage and demolished invaluable statues. Photograph: Sana via AP

Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State insurgents around Palmyra on Monday, trying to extend their gains after t(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry said he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria. Photograph: AFP

US secretary of state John Kerry said on Sunday he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessa(...)

Refugees  near the Syrian border in Kilis, Turkey. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

Saudi Arabia is discussing plans to deploy ground troops with regional allies, including Turkey, for a safe zone in Syria, in a last-ditch effort to k(...)

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