Syrians drive with their belongings along the main Damascus-Aleppo highway near the town of Saraqib in Syria’s jihadist-held Idlib province on May 9th, 2019. Photograph: Anas al-Dyab

The UN Security Council is set to meet on Friday to discuss fighting between the Syrian army, which is backed by Russian air cover, and jihadis based (...)

Three of Mo’een Al Ali’s daughters watch on as their parents explain the barriers preventing them from going to school. Photograph: Peter Biro/European Union 2018

Three years have passed since the last time Mo’een Al Ali’s children stepped inside a school classroom. The local schools are full and the family cann(...)

 Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. Photographs:  Lucas Jackson/Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Two leaders of the struggle against sexual violence in war have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, a choice that will hearten campaigners fighting for(...)

Armed members of Arab-backed Yemeni forces near the airport on the outskirts of Hodeidah, Yemen, on Wednesday. Photograph: ARAB 24 via Reuters

Fears of a humanitarian crisis in Yemen’s main port city, Hodeidah, grew as fighting spilled into residential districts on Wednesday after Arab coalit(...)

Civilians flee the city of Afrin in northern Syria on March 16th, 2018.  A Turkish-led offensive to capture the Kurdish-majority enclave has forced 30,000 civilians from its main city in 24 hours. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty

More reports of the arrest and torture of refugees who return to government-held Syria have emerged, following an Irish Times investigation into rever(...)

A family in the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph:  Anthi Pazianouanthi/Getty Images

A lesson for today: in 1716 the Turks controlled most of the Balkans, including the Greek mainland, but they had failed to capture Corfu and the othe(...)

A young girl with her family in camp for people displaced by the war in Syria. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 31 million people – one person every second – were uprooted in their home country in 2016 because of conflicts and disasters, and numbers wi(...)

Lifejackets  inside a wrecked boat used by refugees and migrants to cross part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece at a garbage dump site on the island of Lesbos. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

On March 25th last Greeks celebrated the 197th anniversary of independence. You might call it “virtual independence”, since it was the day when the wa(...)

A family of Somali refugee sit outside their tent in kakuma, northwestern Kenya. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

Somali refugee Ahmed Omar Bihi said on Wednesday that he fears for his wife’s sanity following Donald Trump’s travel ban and accused the US president (...)

Iraqi forces hold positions about 45km south of Mosul on October 17th. Some 30,000 federal troops are leading the offensive against Islamic State, backed by air and ground support from a US-led coalition. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

After two years scraping back territory lost in a humiliating defeat to Islamic State, Iraqi forces are now advancing on the city where the drama all (...)

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