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(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin makes a statement on issues connected with chemical weapons in Syria at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/RIA/Novosti/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has made a direct plea to the American people and politicians not to take military action against Syria and sharply c(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin gestures as he walks by US president Barack Obama
, front row second right, as he takes his place at a group photo outside of the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. World leaders are discussing Syria’s civil war at the summit but look no closer to agreeing on international military intervention to stop it. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
 at the G20 meeting in Russia.

Russia is pursuing its own national interests in Syria and the most pressing of these is the fear that a rebel success could lead to further destabili(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi: “A political resolution is still the only way out.” Photograph: Reuters/Adrian Bradshaw

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council should not be pushed into any military action on Syria before(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters ride on a pick up truck decorated with an Islamist flag along a damaged street in Deir al-Zor. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

A team of United Nations chemical weapons experts arrived in Damascus today to investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war.(...)