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An employee counts Syrian pound notes at the Syrian central bank in Damascus. The Syrian pound has lost about 60 per cent of its value against the US dollar in two years. Photograph: Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri

Syria is at war but Damascus continues to function. Fruit and vegetables arrive from the countryside every day at the main wholesale market. (...)

Two US Marines hold umbrellas over US president Barack Obama (r) and Turkish prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of as they speak to the media in the Rose Garden. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A human rights group says it has found documents and physical evidence indicating Syrians were arbitrarily detained and tortured in government (...)

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as their move towards their positions in the al-Ziyabiya area in Damascus earlier this month. Photograph: Ward Al-Keswani/Reuters

Let’s be clear: There are no good options left in Syria. The government of Bashar al-Assad has a large arsenal of weapons as well as the(...)

Mohammed al-Mar and his three-year old sonwaiting with other Syrian refugees at Turkey’s Cilvegozu border gate. They were staying with relatives in Reyhanli until they were asked to leave this week. Photograph: Caelinn Hogan

“We know we are going to our deaths, but we don’t have any other choice,” said Mohammed al-Mar, his three-year-old son propped on his shoulder (...)

The bombings that killed dozens in the Turkish city of Reyhanli on Saturday later expose the violent risks of spillover into neighbouring countries posed by the Syrian conflict. Photograph:  Reuters/Umit Bektas

Israel’s missile strikes on military targets in the Damascus area on May 5th and the bombings that killed dozens in the Turkish city of Reyhanl(...)

Syrian information minister Omran Zoabi: said Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should “step down as a killer and a butcher”. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri

Damascus yesterday denied involvement in twin bombings in southern Turkey that killed 50 people and injured 155 on Saturday, a(...)

People view the debris of the Saturday explosion sites that killed 46 and injured about 50 others in Reyhanli. Photograph: AP Photo

On a drizzling Sunday afternoon in Reyhanli, a rural city near the Syrian border in Turkey’s Hatay province, locals wandered streets littered w(...)

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan said around 20 people were killed in explosions in the southern town of Reyhanli near the border with Syria today and that the death toll may rise, with many seriously wounded. Photograph: Ihlas News Agency/Reuters

Turkey said today it believed fighters loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad were behind twin car bombings that killed 46 people in a Turki(...)

  Los Jameos Playa hotel in Lanzarote

Today’s hard-pressed holidaymaker likes to know exactly what their break is going to cost before they go, with no nasty budgetary surprises wai(...)

Australia’s famous rocky landmarks known as the Devil’s Marbles in the outback. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Almost 50,000 Irish people took up visas in Australia and Canada last year, an Oireachtas committee has heard. More than 25,800 Irish peo(...)

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