Chief investigator Paulo Pinheiro (L) and Carla del Ponte, members of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, attend a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. The Syrian government and Islamic State insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their war against each other, UN investigators said. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

The United Nations accused Islamic State insurgents (formerly known as Isis) yesterday of committing war crimes including amputations and public ex(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.  Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

In a further boost to its support of President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has announced it is continuing to supply weaponry to Syrian government forces. (...)

A boy looks at the drawings on a wall in Raqqa province, east Syria, June 4, 2013. The drawing reads ’ Homs is bleeding’. Photograph:Nour Kelze /Reuters

France said today it was certain that the nerve agent sarin has been used in Syria on several occasions following tests it has carried out on samples (...)

Yara Abbas, a well-known Syrian state television reporter, was killed yesterday near the Lebanese-Syrian border. Other members of her crew were wounded by rebel sniper fire. Photograph: Reuters

The expatriate opposition Syrian National Coalition yesterday failed to agree on a restructure and expansion of its governing body which it needed to (...)

Damage is seen in what appears to be a chicken farm following the air strike near Damascus. Photograph: Sana/handout via Reuters

Thirty-six hours after Israel’s airstrikes on military targets near Damascus, the thunder claps of an army artillery barrage rolled acro(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons while walking down a debris-filled street in the al-Ziyabiya area in Damascus. Photograph: Ward Al-Keswani/Reuters

A UN panel looking into war crimes in Syria today said it has not found conclusive evidence of chemical weapons use, backing away from a member(...)