Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to members of ruling AKP party. Photograph: Umit Bektas/EPA

Tayyip Erdogan today declared his candidacy for a more powerful presidency which rivals fear may entrench authoritarian rule but supporters, esp(...)

A rebel fighter from the Islamic Front in a church in the Armenian Christian town of Kessab. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

Direct Turkish military involvement in the invasion by fundamentalist insurgents of the Armenian village of Kessab in the far north of Syria ha(...)

Protesters against the Syrian government demonstrate outside the UN building in Geneva as international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi holds talks today with a Syrian government delegation led by Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Syrian government and its opponents will hold their first joint meeting tomorrow to launch peace talks aimed at resolving nearly three years of ci(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter passes by the convoy of U.N. vehicles carrying a team of United Nations chemical weapons experts

UN chemical weapons inspectors yesterday visited sites in the eastern Ghouta near Damascus as UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the team should be(...)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus yesterday. He said his country had defences that would “suprise” its antagonists. Photograph: AP

Western envoys have told opposition Syrian National Coalition leaders in Istanbul to expect strikes on Damascus within days, as Syrian foreign ministe(...)

Syrian activists inspect the bodies of people they say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus, last week. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The West hardened its stance against the Assad regime yesterday, with Britain accusing the UN Security Council of shirking its responsibility to Syria(...)

Eamon Gilmore: “I don’t think anyone who values democracy can be very happy about what is in effect a military coup in Egypt.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has expressed “deep concern” over what he referred to as a “military coup” in Egypt, using str(...)

People react as Egyptian military aircraft fly over Tahrir Square in Cairo on  the day after President Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Egyptian prosecutors escalated what appeared to be a widespread round-up of top Muslim Brotherhood members today, acting hours after the military depo(...)

Syrian information minister Omran Zoabi: said Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should “step down as a killer and a butcher”. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri

Damascus yesterday denied involvement in twin bombings in southern Turkey that killed 50 people and injured 155 on Saturday, a(...)

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu: “We have been making tests and we have some indications regarding chemical weapons being used.” Photograph: Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Tests on Syrian war casualties arriving in Turkey indicate chemical weapons have been used by Syrian forces, and further tests are being carrie(...)