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 (...)

Lithuania’s foreign minister Linas Linkevicius listens to Britain’s foreign secretary William Hague (R) at the start of an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

European foreign ministers have reconvened talks in Brussels tonight where divisions remain over a proposal to lift an EU arms embargo on the Syrian o(...)