US president Barack Obama who has authorised surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there. Photograph: Reuters

President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there, but a mounting concern for the White(...)

The offices of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)  in The Hague, The Netherlands. The last batch of Syria’s chemical weapons was removed from the country today to be destroyed, the international chemical weapons watchdog said. Photograph: Evert Jan-Daniels/EPA.

The last batch of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s declared chemical weapons have been sent out of Syria for destruction. The news came as opponent(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad  and his wife Asma al-Assad cast their votes in the presidential elections at martyr Na’em Ma’asarani School in al-Malki neighborhood in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Sana

Damascenes flock to a multiplicity of neighbourhood polling stations to cast ballots in Syria’s first ever multi-candidate presidential election, whic(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma (R) cast their votes in the country’s presidential elections at a polling station in Damascus today. Dr Assad is expected to record a landslide victory in the election, described by local rivals and international critics as a charade. Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters.

Waving photos of their leader and dancing with flags, tens of thousands of Syrians pledged renewed allegiance to president Bashar al-Assad today as th(...)

Syrian army soldiers loyal to president Bashar al-Assad walk on Hilan Hill, as smoke rises in the background from a village they claim to be shelling. Forces loyal to Dr Assad entered Aleppo’s main prison today. Photograph: George Ourfalian/Reuters

Syrian troops have broken a year-long rebel siege on Aleppo’s main prison after heavy fighting with al-Qaeda fighters and other Islamist brigades, the(...)

A portrait of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus yesterday. Assad and two little-known challengers are the final three contenders for the presidential elections scheduled for June 3rd. Photograph: EPA/Youssef Badawi

Campaigning in Syria’s first multi-candidate presidential election began yesterday as al-Qaeda-linked insurgents continued to cut water supplies to Al(...)

Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, has a strategic position linking the country’s main north-south axis with the route to the government’s strongholds on the Mediterranean coast. Photograph: EPA

Syrian forces took full control today over Homs, a city once associated with scenes of joyous pro-democracy crowds but now famed for images of ruin t(...)

Forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad search for survivors under the debris at a hotel used by Dr Assad’s forces, in old Aleppo today. Photograph: George Ourfalian/Reuters

Syrian rebels have claimed responsibility for the bombing of a hotel being used by the military in the northern city of Aleppo. Reports say the explos(...)

Damaged buildings photographed following an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo.  Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters

Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane today which Turkey said had crossed into its air space in an area where Syrian rebels have been b(...)

Syrians citizens waving their national flags during a pro-government protest in Dweilaa district in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: EPA/SANA handout

At least nine people were killed in a car bomb attack today near a field hospital in the Syrian town of Atmeh near the border with Turkey, acti(...)