The Syrian parliament in session yesterday. The parliament’s speaker, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, has announced presidential election for June 3rd.

Opposition says it will not return to talks if Assad is re-elected

A site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the Dahra Awad neighbourhood of Aleppo. Photograph: Firas Badawi/Reuters

Opposition activist says rebels accept Bashar al-Assad will remain in power for forseeable future and could regain control of most(...)

A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Syrian Arab Red Crescent team arrives to the Bustan al-Qasser neighbourhood in Aleppo, which is controlled by opposition forces. Photograph: EPA/UNHCR

Aid agencies are being hampered by lack of access, trust and funds

A boy carries a girl after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad in Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Haidar says international community is key to Syrian sides working together

Flames rise from damaged cars where bombs exploded on a commercial street in Homs province. Photograph: AP Photo/SANA

The situation has improved due, in part, to recent truce negotiations

Members of the Druze community on horseback hold a Syrian flag during a rally yesterday marking Syria’s independence day in the Druze village of Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights. Photograph: Reuters/Finbarr O’Reilly

Half-observed holiday is day of complications and contradictions

A portrait of President Bashar al-Assad on a street in Homs, Syria. In February, more than 1,400 residents of the old city, including a substantial number of fighters seeking amnesty, were evacuated under UN auspices. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

State TV claims strategic gains in offensive that may put at risk truce talks

Inside the damaged church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus in Maaloula, north of Damascus. Photograph:  Youssef Badawi/EPA

Pointless battle for Maaloula is over as Syrian army takes control of region

Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the Armenian Christian town of Kasab on April 4th, 2014.  Photograph: Reuters

‘Great progress’ made on shipments, says deputy foreign minister

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