Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and wife Asma after casting their votes in Damascus, Syria: Voting was extended until midnight, but is unlikely to produce any surprises in the 250-seat assembly or challenge the dominance of the Baath party. Photograph: Sana/Reuters

Syrian peace talks resumed in Geneva yesterday, while residents living in government- held areas went to the polls in parliamentary elections dismiss(...)

 Walid Muallem, Deputy Prime Minister of Syria:  will head the government delegation to UN-brokered peace talks. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem has been invited to head the government delegation to UN-brokered peace talks due to open in Geneva on Friday, R(...)

A medic treats an injured girl inside a field hospital after what activists said were air and missile strikes in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. The New York talks are geared to find a solution and bring peace to the war-torn state. Photograph: Reuters

The Syrian government says it hopes today’s meeting in New York of the Syria Support Group will achieve progress toward implementing the road map set (...)

The Syrian parliament in session yesterday. The parliament’s speaker, Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, has announced presidential election for June 3rd.

The UN has castigated Damascus’s decision to hold Syria’s presidential election on June 3rd, arguing it would hamper efforts to achieve a negot(...)

Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the Armenian Christian town of Kasab on April 4th, 2014.  Photograph: Reuters

The Syrian government has exported 68 tonnes of chemical weapons, boosting the total to 65 per cent of total stocks, Syrian deputy foreign minister(...)

Since January 18th the UN agency serving Palestinian refugees has provided 6,500 food parcels for the 18,000 inhabitants of Yarmouk. Al-Qaeda’s official Syrian offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra began withdrawing from the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee neighbourhood south of Damascus under a deal reached yesterday, Al Jazeera reported.

United Nations mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said yesterday the second round of talks between the Syrian governmen(...)

A girl plays with a ball along a street in the besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photograph: Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

A first round of peace talks on Syria wraps up today with both sides in entrenched positions and the UN mediator expressing frustration that it had no(...)

 Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Meqdad speaks during a new press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland today. Photograph: EPA

The Syrian government came under pressure today to allow aid trucks into the besieged rebel city of Homs as negotiators sought to keep peace talks on (...)

Smoke rises from buildings after what activists said was shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photograph: Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

A Syrian official was quoted yesterday as saying western intelligence agencies had sent representatives to the Damascus government to discuss (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rides a bicycle with his weapon at the Tameko pharmaceutical factory, after the FSA claimed to have taken control of the factory, in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Yaseen Abelall/Reuters

The intelligence services of some Western countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have visited Damascus to discuss security cooperation (...)