Newly-released forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad are greeted by their comrades after their release by rebels in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr. Photograph: Reuters

MICHAEL JANSENThe evacuation of 1,200 insurgents from the Old City of Homs began yesterday with the transfer of several hundred fighters to opposition(...)

A boy carries a girl after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad in Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian reconciliation minister Ali Haidar says he has striven for months to end fighting in the country’s multiple pockets of conflict and has (...)

Flames rise from damaged cars where bombs exploded on a commercial street in Homs province. Photograph: AP Photo/SANA

The road to Homs from Damascus takes two hours to travel. The route runs between urban battlefields and unscathed countryside. On the ou(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) leans towards Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu while speaking to the media at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, Israel, yesterday. Kerry sent a strong warning to Syria, saying “the threat of force is real” if it does not carry out an internationally brokered agreement to hand over its chemical weapons. Photograph: Larry Downing/AP Photo

Syrian reconciliation minister Ali Haidar has called the US- Russian agreement to assume control of and destroy the country’s chemical arsenal “a vict(...)

Recruits attend a class to be trained as part of a police battalion under the Free Syrian Army’s ‘Farouq Omar Brigade’ at their headquarters in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters.

Syrian reconciliation minister Ali Haidar said yesterday that Damascus’s acceptance of the Russian proposal to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal an(...)