Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma (R) cast their votes in the country’s presidential elections at a polling station in Damascus today. Dr Assad is expected to record a landslide victory in the election, described by local rivals and international critics as a charade. Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters.

Waving photos of their leader and dancing with flags, tens of thousands of Syrians pledged renewed allegiance to president Bashar al-Assad today as th(...)

Forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad search for survivors under the debris at a hotel used by Dr Assad’s forces, in old Aleppo today. Photograph: George Ourfalian/Reuters

Syrian rebels have claimed responsibility for the bombing of a hotel being used by the military in the northern city of Aleppo. Reports say the explos(...)

Jordanian deputy Amjad Maslamani holds a placard as he walks outside the parliament to participate in a protest in Amman today. The protesters were demonstrating against the shooting of a Palestinian judge from Jordan by Israeli soldiers yesterday. The placard reads ‘No to compromise on the blood of our sons and Martyrs, expel the Israeli ambassador, Long live Arab nation’. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Israel expressed its regret today over the death of a Jordanian judge, who was shot by Israeli soldiers after an altercation at a border crossing. (...)

Civilians wait to be allowed to leave a besieged area of Homs earlier this week. Photograph: Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

The hard-won humanitarian ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs - the sole success that occurred during the peace talks in Geneva - cannot be co(...)

Civilians carry an elderly man, with a serious  health condition, on a stretcher towards a meeting point to be evacuated from a besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian activists and officials said mortars were fired early today in the besieged Old Homs district in violation of a ceasefire that is intended to (...)

A man walks along a street lined with damaged buildings in the besieged area of Homs. Photograph: Yazan Homsy/Reuters.

Syria began evacuating civilians from a besieged area of Homs today while Russia announced that Syria’s warring parties had agreed a three-day ceasef(...)