Syrians smoke water pipes at al-Noufar cafe in Damascus yesterday, a day after embattled president Bashar al-Assad scored an expected victory in presidential elections. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Damascus returned to normal yesterday after a heavy night of shooting to celebrate the re-election of President Bashar al-Assad.The streets were fille(...)

Smoke rises from al-Jazmati area after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Hamid Khatib/Reuters.

Damascenes are obsessed with US threats of strikes against government targets in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons against the capital’s(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare their weapons yesterday before heading towards the front line, where clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad are taking place in the al-Ziyabiya area in Damascus. Photograph: Reuters/Ward Al-Keswani

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon last night expressed concern at reports that Israel had struck targets inside Syria but said the United Nation(...)