There is a specific word for the melancholy of Istanbul. The city is suffering a mighty bout of something like hüzün at the moment.
Jemima Khan writes from Jordan on the Syrian refugee crisis.
More exposure is needed on what is going on behind the scenes of foreign reporting – between the bylines, when the cameras stop rolling.
Our involvement is a small admission of culpability for the condition of Iraq.
Jonathan Rugman on the west’s distinctions between “good Kurds” and “bad Kurds”.
On 16 September, the northern Syrian town of Kobane came under siege. Since then, reports state that more than 150,000 refugees have flooded into Turkey.
Will a vote on action in Syria be next?
How it feels to watch the news and see that your old school friends are jihadists fighting with Islamic State.
The campaign that British MPs are being asked to join will almost certainly be ineffective, carry on for years and cost us billions of pounds.
The PM believes that there is "no legal barrier" to action, but wants to "proceed on the basis of consensus".
Today, parliament will vote on the UK using airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq.
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