In Damascus, the war seems to have receded, and Bashar al-Assad looks more comfortable than ever.
Fast-forward 15-odd years and my wild-eyed teenage Europhilia is a source of much embarrassment.
This crisis could have been avoided. In recent years, Madrid has run a masterclass in how not to handle breakaway nationalism.
War in Ukraine, economic woes and the decline of an autocrat, by Robert Skidelsky.
A plan by the terrorist organisation to issue its own currency – in gold – reveals a further attempt to play on the history of the early Caliphs.
It all happened because of the use of a single German word, unverzüglich: “immediately”, or “at once”.
Look beyond the smokescreen of Islamic "essence" when analysing the motives of Islamic State.
Impoverished Burkina Faso now has a military government, led by interim president Isaac Zida, who has promised a rapid handover to civilian rule but given no date for this transition.
What motivates the young men who leave Britain to join the murderous fanatics of Isis in the Middle East? Shiraz Maher spoke to dozens of them inside Syria to find out.
Rarely has an election elicited a louder national cry of “meh”. But there are some important races buried beneath the banality.
The febrile atmosphere of the mid-term elections has turned the response to the disease into a way of playing politics.
In recent years the number of private schools catering to Chinese nationals has grown rapidly. A Chinese-owned chain offering a Canadian curriculum dominates, with more than 30 schools across the country.
The appointment of Guy Scott as Zambia’s interim president has been welcomed by the country's citizens. We should follow their lead.
The centenary of the start of the First World War has reopened old wounds. Yet Germany and Britain once enjoyed a special relationship – as when they defeated Napoleon at Waterloo – and they could do so again
Over $100bn a year is spent worldwide fighting the war on drugs. For what end?
In the past year, Joseph Kony is said to have been responsible for killing 76 civilians and abducting 467. Despite the lack of international coverage, an African operation to kill or capture him continues. Martin Plaut talks to its leader, Brigadier General Sam Kavuma.
Why are we intent on fixing our lens on the chaotic? And why do we insist on trying to weave a grand narrative out of mostly unrelated things? asks the US Ambassador to Britain.
Think of ski lifts soaring over a city such as Nairobi or Johannesburg. These cable cars would be built not just for tourists but for everyone, from bankers and cleaners to gardeners and jobless slum-dwellers.
At least 200 health workers have been infected with ebola and 90 have died, according to the latest government figures, yet pay is modest. Last week they staged a two-day strike.
These Kurdish units, which include all-women militias, have to all intents and purposes become the last line of defence against the genocidal fanatics of Islamic State.
He also receives a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms offence.
It is being called the most severe health emergency of modern times. But are the fears of mass contagion in the west overblown?
The jihadis are fighting on several fronts in two countries – and reports say that demoralised western recruits are increasingly repulsed by the atrocities they have witnessed.
As high representative of the Kurdistan regional government (KRG) to the UK, Abdul Rahman has been lobbying for greater intervention against Islamic State/Isis militants in Iraq for months.
The “Yemen model” is one of perpetual violence. The limits of what can be done in the name of “counterterrorist” action often appear boundless.
The young British businessman is accused of orchestrating the 2010 murder of Anni, his wife of just two weeks, in a spectacular hijack committed in Cape Town’s township badlands.
Barely a week goes past without a terrible incident, and too often the police officer is white and the other people involved are black.
Ignorance about ebola can be as fatal as bodily contact with an infected person. The problem is that most information about how to prevent ebola is not available in the languages understood by the people at risk.
They win “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.
Jemima Khan writes from Jordan on the Syrian refugee crisis.