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 (...)

Syria’s deputy Syrian foreign minister Faisal Mekdad said yesterday the government would attend the US-Russian-sponsored peace conference set to conve(...)

A supporter of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad holds a placard during her participation with others in “Over our Bodies”, a campaign to organise human shields against possible US strikes, at Qasion Mountain overlooking the capital Damascus. Photograph:  Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Tensions over the Syrian crisis spiked briefly yesterday when Russian radar reported that two ballistic “objects” had been fired over the eastern Medi(...)

President Barack Obama  has promised to take punitive action against Syria over last month’s poison gas attack in Damascus but wants Congress to vote on the issue first. Photograph: New York Times

The rebel Free Syrian Army has claimed it is benefiting from a delay in an expected US-led strike on Syria, and has guaranteed President Bashar al-As(...)