When is a gun not a gun?

In an age when guns and bombs are used to kill the innocent in Paris, Belgium, London and Dallas as well as Baghdad, Aleppo and Kabul – indeed, in Birstall – even an old blunderbuss must acquire a disturbing symbolism

Who will fund the dream of rebuilding Syria?

Lebanese banks are the only institutions who know how to open enough letters of credit to fund Syria’s reconstruction materials: so rebuilding Syria means big profits for them. 

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Syrian doctor escaped torture to be reunited with fiancée in London

British student Razan was unimpressed when she first met Ahmad, a doctor from Syria. But in time, their shared passion for medicine and fears over the civil war brought them together. Then Ahmad was captured in Homs and tortured. Laura Pitel hears how they overcame the odds to be reunited