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Iran’s deputy health minister Iraj Harichi (left) at a press conference on Monday in which he downplayed the coronavirus’s spread in the  city of Qom and said mass quarantines were unnecessary. Photograph: Screengrab

Iran’s deputy health minister said he has contracted the coronavirus and placed himself in isolation, a day after appearing feverish at a press confer(...)

A displaced child looks on at an underground shelter in the Taltouna village, 17 km northwest of the city of Idlib on Saturday. Photograph: Yahya Nemah/ EPA

The United Nations has warned that fighting in northwest Syria could “end in a bloodbath”, with Syrian troops backed by Russian airpower and Iranian m(...)

Syrians refugees flee their homes in Idlib. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened imminent action in the region if Damascus fails to withdraw. Photograph: Burak Kara/Getty Images

Hemmed against a border wall in Somme-like mud and misery, nearly a million Syrians are awaiting their fate. Nearby, Iranian-backed militias and what (...)

 People place flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial for the racist terror attacks in Hanau on Thursday. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Germany faced calls to toughen gun ownership laws and step up efforts to track far-right sympathisers after the suspect in one of its worst mass shoot(...)

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(...)

A displaced Syrian girl carries a bag of bread in a stadium which has been turned into a makeshift refugee shelter on Wednesday, in Idlib, Syria. Photograph:  Burak Kara/Getty Images

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a military operation by his forces to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebels in nor(...)

Syrian children pose for a picture as their families prepare to flee a camp for the displaced, east of Sarmada in the north of  Idlib province, on Sunday. Photograph:  Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty Images

Government air strikes have hit hospitals and refugee camps in northwest Syria and killed about 300 civilians as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces pr(...)

People flee advancing Syrian government forces, which are backed by Russian air strikes, in the northern province of Aleppo on Sunday. Photograph:  Rami al Sayed/AFP via Getty Images

The Syrian army said on Monday it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campai(...)

 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(...)

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