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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ANISA MAKHLOUF: Bashar al-Assad’s mother has reportedly fled to Dubai

Russia to evacuate its own citizens from Syria

Russia will send planes to Beirut tomorrow to begin evacuating its citizens from Syria, an indication of the worsening security situation as rebels inch forward against the regime from their strongholds in the southern suburbs of Damascus.

Refugees were living in derelict student dormitories

Up to 83 people killed as Syrian students taking exams are caught in blasts

While many students had stopped going in for classes, they were sitting exams at the time

Young Syrian refugees gather around a small fire at the Minieh camp in Lebanon

'It's only fit for rats': Syrian refugees on brink of disaster

UN warns of a 'staggering humanitarian disaster' as families flee civil war

Protesters calling for Rizana Nafeek’s release, in Colombo in 2011

Saudi Arabia executes Sri Lankan maid

Kingdom breaching global treaty as Rizana Nafeek was 17 when baby died in her care

Postcard from... Lalish, Iraq

"Close your eyes and try three times," our young guide explains. The pressure's on. Throw the pebble in the right-hand hole, I get heaven – the left and it's eternal damnation.

Military pressure builds on the regime, with government bases falling to rebel assault near the capital Damascus and elsewhere across the country

Envoy calls on Moscow to back transitional regime in Syria

Brahimi says it is time for power transfer – but avoids question of how Assad allies could fit into new set-up

Postcard from... Mleeta

Abu Abdullah points to a snow-capped Mount Hermon in the distance. “The Zionists' outpost is just there,” he explains. “But there are thousands of our fighters here. They work in the factories, many of them are at schools and universities but at the same time they are ready to defend.”

Luxury cars and a gilded falcon are among items from ousted Tunisian dictator Ben Ali and his family’s treasure chest on display in Tunis

Aston Martin Vanquish for sale... one former (megalomaniac dictator) owner

Diamond pen and 39 cars among thousands of luxury items from deposed Tunisian president at auction

Private quarters: Four luxury family and VIP suites and a prayer room that generates virtual prayer mats facing Mecca

Doors to manual, taps off in the Turkish spa... the Saudi prince whose flying palace has it all

Saudi investor’s £300m super-jumbo also has room for a concert hall, a garage for his Rolls and four luxury suites

Assad regime 'fired Scud missiles' into rebel areas

The Foreign Office condemned the move and called it 'a further act of appalling brutality'

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