Loveday Morris

Loveday Morris is an award-winning freelance journalist currently based in Beirut and covering the unfolding crisis in Syria. She regularly contributes to the Independent

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Iraqi special forces search a house yesterday after retaking Jurf al-Sakhar, north of the Shia shrine at Karbala

Isis in Iraq: Army's triumph at Jurf Al-Sakhar lays bare cost of defeating militants

Iraqi forces have driven Isis from the Sunni town, but all that’s left is a shell

Yazidi women queue for food at the Bajid Kandala camp in Dohuk province, where they took refuge after fleeing the advancing Isis forces. Reports say more than 1,000 are still being held captive

Isis brings back slavery: Yazidi girls sold to Isis fighters as concubines for $1,000

Reports are emerging of young Yazidi women, captured in northern Iraq, being sold to Isis fighters as concubines, while the jihadist group claims they can be enslaved under Islamic law

An Iraqi Yazidi family that fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, sit at at a school where they are taking shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region

Isis fighters trap thousands of Iraqis up a mountain – and they're dying of thirst

Most of those stranded have run out of battery life on their mobile phones, but the few who can still communicate give grim updates

Hassan al-Nouri: The Syrian presidential candidate who is ‘100 per cent American-educated’

Businessman will challenge Assad – but does not see himself  as opposition

Blunt and rusted tools used for genital mutilation

The new suffragettes: The Kurdish woman fighting against female genital mutilation

In the final part of our series honouring the centenary of Emily Wilding Davison’s death, Loveday Morris talks to a Kurdish poet who dares to assert her countrywomen’s rights against forced marriage, domestic violence and female genital mutilation

President Assad threatened on Lebanese TV to strike back against any Israeli attack

Defiant Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he will go ahead with deal for Russian S-300 missiles

The transfer of advanced long-range missiles to Syria threatens Israel and puts the stability of the entire region at risk, the United States warned yesterday, urging Russia not to go ahead with the controversial sale.

Grant Cameron, left, and Karl Williams allege they were beaten and electrocuted after being imprisoned in Dubai

Dull, frustrating and legally tortuous - the three jailed in Dubai face a fate shared by many

The prison where the Londoners will be held is at least relatively safe and clean

Six die but Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki survives bomb attack on convoy in Damascus

The Prime Minister of Syria, Wael Nader al-Halqi, survived an assassination attempt on Monday as he was driven in convoy through Damascus.

Members of the Syrian Army

EU set to buy oil from anti-Assad rebels after lifting Syrian embargo

A crude oil embargo placed on Syria by EU member states has been eased in a move that will allow the purchase of the natural resource from areas held by groups opposing the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

Bahrainis protest against the Formula One Grand Prix due to take place this weekend

F1: Tear gas used to quell Bahrain Grand Prix protests

Government accused of rounding up troublemakers ahead of lucrative Grand Prix

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