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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United States and Russia confer as Syria crisis takes dark turn

The United States and Russia held surprise talks on the crisis in Syria today, suggesting they may be looking to put acrimony aside amid allegations that President Bashar al-Assad could be preparing to use chemical weapons.

Postcard from... Abu Dhabi

There's only one way to celebrate National Day in the United Arab Emirates – and it's petrol fuelled, befitting a nation built on oil.

Assad's brutal retaliation kills 10 Syrian children in cluster bomb attack

Rebels claim strike on school playground is proof of regime's use of controversial munitions

Syrian opposition fighters overrun a military post at Ras al-Ain on Wednesday. Below, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Syrian rebels seek missile supply

Syrian opposition figures will push at a donor conference in London today for the provision of anti-aircraft missile systems to repel President Bashar al-Assad's devastating airstrikes, as momentum builds to adjust a European Union arms embargo.

Refugees flee Syria into Turkey

As thousands flee Syria, Assad denies civil war claims

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied there was a civil war in his country as the number of refugees fleeing the conflict surged, and some so desperate to leave they were climbing over razor wire fences.

Saudi Arabia's women allowed to join country's main advisory body but must be separated from men by a screen

It was heralded as a big step for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia – but when women join the country’s main advisory body, they will be separated from the men by a screen.

A Syrian-Kurdish refugee family in the Domiz refugee camp, in northern Iraq

The Syrian refugees who do not want to go home

Iraqi Kurdistan offers new hope to families fleeing violence and a crippled economy

The wreckage from a car bomb in the Mezzeh district of Damascus, in which 11 people died and dozens were wounded

Syria’s opposition council rejects West-backed plan

The conflict is likely to be won on the battlefield, not at the negotiating table

King of Bahrain

Man who insulted the King of Bahrain on Twitter sentenced to six months in jail

A man who insulted the King of Bahrain on Twitter has been sentenced to six months in jail as the tiny island nation ramps up its crackdown on dissent amid increasingly violent protests.

Syrian rebels accused of war crime after video is posted appearing to show opposition forces shooting captured Assad troops

Video showing apparent war crime raises questions about oppposition groups

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