UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announces the suspension of peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday. Photograph: Martial Trezzin/Keystone via APi

The main Syrian opposition and government have traded blame for the suspension of UN mediated talks to end the four-year old war in Syria, but sponsor(...)

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura  during a press briefing in Geneva, where he announced a “temporary pause” until February 25th of talks aimed at ending the civil war. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

UN-mediated talks to end the war in Syria are on pause until February 25th, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday, saying the talks had not fa(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry   with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Asked if he was concerned that a delay might lead to a loss of momentum, Mr Kerry  said: “There is not going to be a fundamental delay.” Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP/Getty Images

Talks to end Syria’s civil war may be slightly delayed but are expected to go ahead next week, US secretary of state John Kerry said yesterday. They (...)

Hivrun Kurdi with her children in the shelter where they are living in Bramsche, Germany. The death of her nephew Alan Kurdi (2), which focused the world on refugees, was just one chapter of a sprawling family’s story in its desperate attempts to escape Syria and find a new home. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

When Alan Kurdi’s tiny body washed up on a beach in Turkey, forcing the world to grasp the pain of Syria’s refugees, the two-year-old was just one mem(...)

Christmas holiday lights hang from trees in the ancient quarter of Bab al-Sharqi in Damascus. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Beleaguered Syrian Christians, who belong to the world’s most ancient Christian communities, are set to celebrate a fifth Christmas during a war that (...)

A man inspects a  house  hit by what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, in the town of Marshamsha, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Saudi Arabia has responded militarily to the Russian and Iranian-supported Syrian army offensive in Homs and Aleppo provinces by providing anti-tank a(...)

Children queue for water in the northwestern Syrian city of Ariha, in Idlib province, on Tuesday, after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the area. Syria has seen an increased flow of weapons and funds and an influx of fighters to insurgent and jihadi groups. Photogaph:  Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

In early March, the Syrian regime was on the offensive and had retaken territory lost to insurgents. Reasonable prospects existed for dialogue between(...)

Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State , gather during a sand storm at a camp. Photograph: Getty Images

A convoy of Shia Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday to advance on areas held by Islamic State, a Shia sp(...)

A  gathering in solidarity with the Palestinians living in Syria’s Yarmouk camp outside Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) headquarters  in the West Bank.  Some civilians have been evacuated from the camp following Islamic State gains in Yarmouk. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Some civilians were evacuated from a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, the United Nations said, fleeing an advance by Islamic S(...)

File photograph showing the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus. Witnesses say Islamic State militants have taken control of large parts of the camp. File photograph:  Carole Al-Farah/AFP/Getty Images

Fighters proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State seized most of a vast camp for Palestinian refugees on the outskirts of Damascus yesterday, a bid to (...)