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The Baron Hotel, among the first western-style hotels in Aleppo built by the Mazloumian family in the latter half of the 19th century. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

The 20-storey Chahba Palace Hotel in western Aleppo is besieged by civilians on foot and in cars, the parking lot is gridlocked. Men, women, and child(...)

President Vladimir Putin  with Leonid Tibilov, the president of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia. Putin regards South Ossetians as Russians that history has wrongfully parted from their homeland. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/Reuters

Another month. Another troublesome referendum. This time in the tiny Georgian secessionist, Russian-occupied enclave of South Ossetia (pop 50,000). An(...)

Donald Trump’s victory could  raise problems for Europe given his stated support for Russian president Vladimir Putin and his questioning of Washington’s commitment to Nato. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/EPA

EU foreign ministers gathered on Sunday evening for two days of meetings in Brussels that are expected to be dominated by the ongoing conflict in Syri(...)

 Security  preparations outside Lund Cathedral  ahead of the pope’s visit. Photograph: Emil Langvad/EPA

Pope Francis will on Monday make yet another historic and symbolic trip when he flies to Sweden to join Lutheran leaders in a joint commemoration of t(...)

An  Afghan migrant waves from a van as he departs with six others from  France  for Britain. File photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

The shocking living conditions in refugee camps is just one of the many reasons men, women and children are risking their lives by travelling to Brita(...)

Khor Virap monastery near Mount Ararat.

Its Turkish name translates as “mountain of pain” and, according to legend, somewhere around Mount Ararat’s summit, buried under ice thousands of year(...)

Armenian police clashing with protesters in Yerevan, Armenia, on Friday. Scores of protesters were injured and more than 100 detained when police used truncheons and stun grenades against a march of several thousand people. Photograph: Vahram Baghdasaryan/EPA

An armed group opposed to Armenia’s president and government has ended a fortnight-long siege of a police station in the capital, Yerevan, after a wee(...)

Ottoman-era ruin  in northeast Anatolia: According to government figures, net migration from the region has reached 46,000 people, or 21 per cent of the population, in the past two years alone – the highest anywhere in Turkey. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

While Turkey’s major cities and the Anatolian heartland have reaped the fruits of more than a decade of major government investment, the predominantly(...)

The Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council will hold its second annual community Iftar in the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre at Blanchardstown in west Dublin on Saturday next to which members of the LGBT community are invited. Photograph: Getty Images

Members of Ireland’s gay community have been invited to take part in a Muslim community meal in Dublin next weekend as Ramadan comes to a conclusion. (...)

 Pope Francis and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II arrive to attend liturgy in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Cathedral in Yerevan, Armenia, on Sunday. 2Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

The Vatican hit back in Sunday at Turkey’s depiction of Pope Francis as having a “crusader mentality” after he used the word “genocide” to describe th(...)

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