UN mediator Staffan de Mistura: tasked with finding a formula both sides can accept. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/Getty Images

At the end of the first week of Syrian talks, Damascus and the main Syrian opposition coalition remain trapped in positions which will have to be aba(...)

The Syrian government’s head of delegation, Bashar al-Jaafari, arriving for a meeting with UN mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura at the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday. Photograph:  Denis Balibouse/Reuters

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura has held his second meeting with the government delegation to the Syrian peace talks and begun discussions with represe(...)

 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(...)

Syrian families leave the besieged town of al-Moadamiyeh, which is controlled by opposition fighters, yesterday.  Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Before his meeting today with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has warned of deep and lasting “Somalisation” of (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter launches a rocket towards forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad in Raqqa. Photograph:  Nour Fourat/ Reuters

Fierce fighting raged in northern and eastern Syria today as Russia and the US denied that a date has been set for the proposed Geneva conference aime(...)

The UN resolution is intended to require Syria to comply with the US-Russia accord reached in Geneva last week, which set a timetable for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to declare, secure and then eliminate his entire arsenal of chemical weapons. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Syria has submitted details of its chemical weapons to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, the organisation said(...)