When Russia’s fourth-term dictator President Vladimir Putin poured his particularly chilling scorn on the idea of liberalism last week his demeanour, his stone-cold certainty suggested he is not a man to tolerate opposition.
Mon, 01 Jul, 2019
Rival US and Russian resolutions to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria have been defeated at a heated Security Council meeting that reflected the deteriorating relations between Washington and Moscow.
Fri, 17 Nov, 2017
A Russian-built plane used by the Syrian air force conducted a sarin gas attack in the spring that killed at least 83 civilians and sparked a retaliatory US strike, a UN investigation has found.
Wed, 06 Sep, 2017
A Syrian family tellsall they have endured since fleeing Aleppo after Islamic State burnt their house down. They have slept rough in Turkey and lost a sister on a raft to Greece before arriving here in December.
Mon, 06 Feb, 2017
Reynald de Chatillon was a Crusader whose name “lives in infamy in the bestiary of Islam”, a man relegated by historians “to the lower levels of hell”. Jeffrey Lee has written a new biography of him. Expect blood and perfidy.
Sat, 07 Jan, 2017
France has struck a compromise with Russia on a United Nations resolution that it said would prevent "mass atrocities" in besieged areas of Aleppo, Syria, where thousands of trapped civilians and rebel fighters await evacuation in freezing temperatures.
Mon, 19 Dec, 2016
An agreement has been reached to allow "humanitarian cases" to leave two besieged government-held Shiite villages in north-western Syria, a step which would allow the evacuations of civilians and rebels from eastern Aleppo to resume, Hezbollah's media arm and a monitoring group have said.
Sat, 17 Dec, 2016