As the threat of military intervention continues to loom over Syria, in a far-flung corner of the country, the town of Deir Ezzour offers an insight into the suffering of ordinary Syrians.
Rhetoric aside, how does Syria today actually compare to Iraq in 2003?
A piece by the future Nobel winner on the curious atmosphere in Ulster during the Troubles, first published in the <em>NS</em> of 1 July 1966.
The central parts of Damascus feel more like a city at war than they did a year ago but physically the place is still almost untouched, finds the BBC's Middle East editor.
When we picture a sex tourist, we usually think of a middle-aged man. But growing numbers of women are paying for a “holiday romance”.
Ireland is second only to Greece in terms of the scale and speed of health cutbacks undertaken by “developed” countries.
At least 26 million unemployed people will be looking for work across Europe this summer, while in Britain, 2,400 bankers are earning over €1m a year - real pounds and euros that should be better spread out.
The third-poorest country in the EU, Latvia punitive welfare conditions and the exclusion of Russian-speakers from surrounding nations has lead to a depopulation of 30,000 a year.
What kind of a social model is it that leaves half of young people out of work? George Eaton profiles Spain's employment woes.
Nicky Woolf is glad that there are still people such as Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning around.
The state of roads in the West Bank tells you everything you need to know about the possibility of Middle East peace, writes Nabila Ramdani.
Travel through Pakistan is intimately segregated by class, writes Samira Shackle. If you're rich, you just keep driving.
Russia is not a particularly homophobic culture, but its government is looking to divert attention from recent political discontent.
Bel Trew goes inside the Cairo morgue where the bodies of Morsi supporters, massacred by the army, are waiting to be buried.
After David Cameron's recent meeting with King Hamad at Downing Street, the Bahrain authorities began a punitive clampdown on pro-democracy campaigners. Sooner or later, the PM's links with repressive Gulf states will come back to haunt him.
Manuel Simões is being forced to close his 70-year-old family business, a restaurant on the outskirts of Lisbon. Since VAT rose for businesses like his, 75,000 jobs has disappeared from the industry.
29 November 1963: "The shock and the grief are universal and so great. Emotions have poured out - and they have gilded the truth."
As an eighteen year old dies trying to flee a ticket inspector in Athens, police in Britain boast of apprehending a mother shoplifting to feed her two children. All across Europe, people are struggling to survive.
Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.
With Motor City finally declared bankrupt, the Midwest’s industrial powerhouse has turned into a production line for drink, drugs and deprivation.
A photography essay including work by Philippe Chancel, Raphaël Dallaporta, Pieter Hugo, Santu Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Jo Ractliffe, Thabiso Sekgala and Alain Willaume. Photography Editor: Rebecca McClelland.
"Carlos Danger" is the man New Yorkers just can't let go of.
Jeremy Bowen's Notebook.
Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, Israel’s the Palestinian “peace process” is dead. There’s no hope of any success for a two-state solution.
Douglas Alexander's Notebook.
While Poland loves to boast about westerners coming to earn money, it is less open about those from the eastern part of the continent. Propaganda serves to justify almost anything.
Julia Gillard was ousted, and now Australia has Kevin Rudd again: the party’s answer to hatred of the party.
When my interview with him was over, he patted me on the arm as if to say I was forgiven for contradicting him.
Twenty-seven per cent of Spain's population is unemployed - over six million people. In a ferociously competitive job market, Spaniards see learning a foreign language as the best way of distinguishing themselves from others.
Massive structural symbolic changes in South African life are Mandela’s legacy, and for too long their importance has faded, but this is a moment to remember the momentous change that opened up the country to a different level of freedom, writes Rachael J