Former leader of the Syrian National Coalition Moaz al-Khatib arrives for a meeting in Istanbul . Photograph: Bulent Kilic/Pool/Reuters

On the opening day of the conference in Istanbul of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the group’s former president, Moaz al-Khatib, dropped a bombs(...)

British foreign secretary William Hague has warned of a “regional catastrophe” if the conflict is not brought to an end and he has continued to call for an amendment of the EU arms embargo. Photograph: Dan Chung/Reuters

In loose combat fatigues, a man who has taken the nom de guerre of Riyadh Alzori reclines on(...)

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said today that the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria would constitute a ‘crime against humanity’ . Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

The United Nations will investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, which would be “a crime against humanity”, secretary-ge(...)