The meeting in London takes place in the wake of Lakhdar Brahimi (centre) announcing that he is stepping down as UN envoy for Syria. Photograph: EPA

In a bid to revive the diplomatic option for resolving the Syrian conflict, US secretary of state John Kerry is to meet European and Arab counterparts(...)

Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad is flanked by police officers after the second round of talks between Syrian government and opposition at UN HQ in Geneva. Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

The Syrian government and opposition delegations participating in UN-brokered talks aimed at ending the country’s civil war are unevenly matched. Whil(...)

Children after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad are pictured in Aleppo. Both sides of the conflict have been accused of committing human rights violations against children. Photograph: Ahmad Othman/Reuters

UN investigators have accused Syria’s warring sides of committing grave human rights violations against children. Their report estimates 10,000 childr(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: remains hopeful Syria would meet its obligations

US secretary of state John Kerry has warned that Syria will face consequences if it fails to live up to a commitment to destroy its chemical weapons (...)

UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi giving a press conference in Geneva. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/Epa

After a period of uncertainty and threats from both sides to depart, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi announced yesterday that the government and opposi(...)

Syrian opposition leader Ahmed Jarba answers questions during a news conference in Geneva on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi met Syrian government and opposition delegations separately in Geneva yesterday to lay the groundwork for talks on how to (...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon beside UN Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi after yesterday’s “Geneva II” talks in Montreux. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Ill-tempered exchanges dominated the Syrian peace conference convened yesterday in the Swiss resort of Montreux. While Syrian foreign minister (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks with Saudi Arabian foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal as UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon looks on, as long-delayed peace talks on the Syrian civil war opened in Montreux, Switzerland, today. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/New York Times

Syria’s government and opposition, meeting for the first time, vented their mutual hostility today but a UN mediator said the enemies may be ready to (...)

Tribal fighters gesture after deploying themselves on the streets of Ramadi yesterday. In a statement on state television, Iraq’s prime minister Nuri al-Maliki called on tribal leaders to drive out militants who last week seized key towns in the desert leading to the Syrian border. Photograph: Ali al-Mashhadani/Reuters

Iraq’s prime minister has appealed to the residents of the besieged city of Falluja to expel al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, who have seized control of(...)

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba looks on during a news conference  in London on Monday following a meeting by foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria group of states.  Mr Jarba has close links with Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Getty Images

The US-Russia sponsored conference on the Syrian crisis is in jeopardy due to the refusal of the Western- and Arab-backed opposition National Coalitio(...)