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A group of Syrian pro-government forces raise their guns in celebration on the outskirts of Kweires near the Kweires military air base, east of the Syrian province of Aleppo.  Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian soldiers have fought their way into an airbase in northern Syria, according to state television, breaking a nearly two-year siege by Islamic St(...)

Migrants clamber on to a dinghy to sail for the Greek island of Chios from the western Turkish coastal town of Cesme on Wednesday. Greece and Bulgaria complain that Turkey does nothing to halt the flow into their countries of refugees. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

In celebration of the parliamentary election victory of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Ankara arrested three dozen opposition figures and mo(...)

Civilians shop for vegetables and fruits displayed in front of a damaged building in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, Syria. Photograph: REUTERS/Hosam Katan

Hope has been in scant supply in Syria for a long time, but members of the country’s business community say they stand ready to rebuild the country – (...)

Fadi Chehadé: “Make sure you know when you get in what are the principles you will not ever give up on, and hold them dearly, and never let them go.” Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Fadi Chehadé knows what it is like to encounter adversity. The Beirut-born Egyptian national, who is chief executive officer of the powerful intern(...)

The scene after Russian air strikes in the town of Darat Izza in Syria. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

The largest al-Qaeda group in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, has called for terror attacks in Russia, while also urging strikes on Alawite villages and placi(...)

In this 2010 file photo, Syria president Bashar al-Assad addresses reporters following his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

Over the past two years, Bashar al-Assad has lost control of two-thirds of Syria. Last spring, Islamists took over most of the northwestern province o(...)

Residents inspect a site damaged by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Syrian government forces used newly delivered Russian warplanes to bombard Islamic State insurgents in Aleppo province in northern Syria, a group moni(...)

Woman and child on a platform in Berlin’s Schoenefeld station after emerging from a special train coming from Munich. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Jamil and his family arrived in Munich at night, jaded in body and confused in spirit. “We had mixed feelings,” he says. “We could not believe we rea(...)

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron  meets Syrian refugee families at a tented settlement camp in the Bekaa Valley on the Lebanese-Syrian border on September 14th. Photograph: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images

The sandstorm that hit Lebanon recently smothered Beirut in swathes of choking red dust. Scarves covered people’s noses and mouths. With the air hazy (...)

A general view shows the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra, Syria in October, 2010. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

While residents in the historic city of Palmyra reported a massive explosion in its ancient ruins, the temple of Bel – one of Syria’s most prized trea(...)

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