Islamic State captured ground from Syrian government forces near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Monday, a group monitoring the war said, pressing (...)

The Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, which was reportedly overrun by Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Ahmad Aboud/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State fighters have seized more than 400 civilians after capturing new ground in a major assault on the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, according (...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad during an interview with  Sunday Times journalist Hala Jaber in Damascus on December 2nd. Photograph: EPA/Syrian Arab News Agency

Syrian political and armed opposition figures are set to gather on Tuesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh in an effort to form a united front ahead of ne(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and US secretary of state John Kerry,  before a trilateral meeting on Monday in Doha. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/ pool photo via AP

Pressure for diplomatic resolution of the Syrian conflict appears to be growing as supporters of the government of Bashar al-Assad met in Tehran and S(...)

A damaged mosque where buses are positioned to provide protection from snipers of the forces of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Aleppo. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major(...)

People attend the funeral in Suruc, Turkey, of Cundi Minaz, one of four female Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Unit   killed during clashes with IS fighters. Photograph: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Turkish fighter jets struck Kurdish insurgent positions in southeastern Turkey yesterday, shaking the country’s fragile peace process with the Kurds (...)

Syrian children play outside their tent at a refugee camp in the town of Bar Elias in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley. Russia and China have vetoed a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country’s three-year civil war.  Photograph: Caren Firouz/Reuters

Russia and China vetoed yesterday a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war cri(...)

 In this handout provided by the United Nation Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Residents wait in line to receive food aid distributed in the Yarmouk refugee camp on January 31st 2014 in Damascus, Syria. Photograph: United Nation Relief and Works Agency via Getty Images

Amnesty International has accused Syrian president Bashar al-Assad‘s forces of perpetrating war crimes as part of a siege in southern Damascus (...)

US under secretary of state Wendy Sherman and UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrive for al meeting with Russia’s deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov in Geneva yesterday.  Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday met officials from the US and Russia, sponsors of the Syrian peac(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters place a mortar on a blanket in Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria’s northwestern Latakia province. Photograph: Khattab Abdulaa/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today he was confident a date could be set within days for long-delayed international peace talks aimed at findi(...)