Smoke rises from behind a building in Jobar, Damascus. Most of the 100,000-plus killed since early 2011 have died by what could be described as more conventional means: including aerial bombardment, shelling and sniper fire. Photograph: Msallam Abd Albaset/Reuters

Almost lost in the debate over the now confirmed use of chemical weapons in Damascus last month is the fact that only a fraction of Syria’s war dead h(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks through a damaged street in Aleppo’s Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood.

More than 50 doctors from across five continents, including three Nobel Prize winners, have called on the Syrian government and the armed opposition t(...)

The Irish-Egyptian Halawa siblings, from left, Ebraheem,  Fatima, Omaima and Somaia. Photograph: PA
The Cairo four

In a security facility somewhere in Cairo, four siblings from Ireland await their fate after they were detained during unrest in Cairo last weekend(...)

A Syrian refugee boy sits on the ground at the Domiz refugee camp in the northern Iraqi province of Dohuk. The number of Syrian children forced to flee their devastated homeland reached 1 million this week.  Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

The number of Syrian children forced to flee their war-ravaged homeland reached a million yesterday, the United Nations said, amounting to half of all(...)

Zekia Abdelghari joined protesters outside the Egyptian embassy in Dublin yesday protesting at the reported detention of four Irish citizens  in Cairo. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore has expressed concern about Egyptian media reports that four Irish citizens detained(...)

 Ibrahim Halawa with his sisters Fatima, Omaima and Soumaya, who have been detained  at the security forces headquarters in the Tora district of Cairo. Photogrzaph: PA Wire

Egyptian media today reported that four Irish citizens are among nine foreigners to be jailed for up to 15 days pending investigation into charges (...)

Protesters shout anti-government slogans as they gather for a demonstration at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, yesterday. Photograph: Osman Orsal

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday blamed continuing anti-government protests on forces he claimed were attempting to sabotage the (...)

Mixed reception: supporters of the Turkish prime minister,  Recep Tayyip Erdogan,  wave the national flag on Friday as Erdogan returns to Istanbul from a tour of North Africa. At the same time, thousands of people protested at  Taksim Square, in the centre of Istanbul. Photograph:  Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Hazal Oztetikler takes a break from planting saplings in a sun-dappled corner of Gezi Park, in downtown Istanbul, to reflect on how a small sit-in aga(...)

Al Gore told his Dublin audience of more than 350 delegates from 60 countries: “Even with glaring evidence [of extreme weather patterns] people still do not connect the dots of climate change. We have to win the conversation about climate change. When you hear denial, speak up.”

Former US vice-president Al Gore called for action on climate change yesterday, comparing denial of changing weather patterns to “sleepwalking (...)

French soldiers in Mali on patrol at Gao's port, near the Niger river, on Thursday. The UN expressed concern over reprisal attacks against ethnic Tuaregs and Arabs in Mali, where a French-led intervention recently routed Islamist rebels. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Behind the ornate door of what was once a chi-chi French-owned hotel lies a series of rooms which, for most of last year, comprised the Islamic(...)

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