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A poster of President Bashar Assad hangs from the ruins of a shopping centre in Homs, Syria, in 2014. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Built on the ashes of 10 years of war in Syria, an illegal drug industry run by powerful associates and relatives of president Bashar Assad has grown (...)

Of the Cypriot population of 1.2m, 73% are Christian, of whom 95% are Orthodox. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis will on Thursday begin a two-day surprise visit to Cyprus, where in 45 AD apostles Paul and Barnabas introduced the Roman-ruled island’s (...)

US president Joe Biden: The defence of democracy against outside enemies, rather than those within, slightly misses the point. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/EPA

Before the first World War, there were a handful of democratic nations. In December, US president Joe Biden will convene a hundred or so at a virtual (...)

Slow-cooker turkey and ham: So succulent as the juices from the turkey and ham meats make the base for a sublime gravy.

It has been another heck of a year that’s starting to take its toll on us all, especially now that winter has finally set in with the chilly weather. (...)

Bargain hunters have to deal with the fact that a clueless autocrat is running the central bank. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Turkey is fighting an “economic war of independence”, according to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. If so, it’s a war he – or rather, Turkey’s hard-p(...)

Hungary’s foreign minister Peter Szijjarto: ‘I want to reassure Hungarians that all relevant institutions are doing their jobs to fend off external interference attempts in the elections.’ Photograph: Attila KisbenedekI/AFP via Getty Images

Hungary’s government on Thursday said it expected the US to try to interfere in elections next year in an effort to unseat premier Viktor Orban’s righ(...)

Last week, NBC agreed to pay nearly $3 billion for the rights to show every single Premier League game live for the next six years. Photograph: Tim Clayton/Getty

Way back in early 21st century America, live televised soccer was a hard-to-find commodity. Like tights and chocolate in second World War TWO London. (...)

A man carries a box in front of Spice Bazaar at Eminonu district in Istanbul on Thursday. Turkey-watchers identify four key pressure points facing the economy. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s defence of recent interest rate cuts and declaration of an “economic war of independence” has sent the lira p(...)

Emergency services inspect the wreckage of a bus with North Macedonian plates that caught fire on a highway, killing at least 45 people, near the village of Bosnek, Bulgaria, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

A bus carrying tourists from North Macedonia crashed in flames on a highway in western Bulgaria before daybreak on Tuesday, killing at least 45 people(...)

Galway. ‘As we strolled through the thronged Christmas markets, soaking up the seasonal atmosphere – and the festive punch – there were, admittedly, moments of panic.’ Photograph: iStock

Once upon a time, a father of a beautiful, bouncing, non-sleeping four-month-old baby girl thought his exhausted wife, who had been struggling with po(...)

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