Lakhdar Brahimi: he told the UN Security Council in mid-March he saw no reason for staying on if President Assad went ahead with a presidential election.     Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Lakhdar Brahimi, the veteran UN mediator tapped to help broker a political settlement in Syria, resigned yesterday, signalling the bleak prospects for(...)

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(...)

Arab League secretary general Nabil al-Arabi during a press conference at the end of the Arab Summit in Kuwait City, yesterday. Photograph: Raed Qutena/EPA

Arab League leaders concluded their 25th summit yesterday with a united call for a political solution to the (...)

Syrian soldiers  in Yabroud town, rural Damascus, over the weekend. Photograph: EPA/Sana handout

The Syrian army, bolstered by fighters from Lebanon’s Hizbullah movement, yesterday captured the insurgent st(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry arrives for a news conference with Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa (left) at the Pancasila building in Jakarta today. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Pool/Reuters.

US secretary of state John Kerry has issued a statement blaming the Syrian government for the deadlock in peace talks but asserted that the Uni(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters throw stones towards forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi

Britain and France have blamed Damascus for the deadlock in the Syrian peace talks after the second round ended with no progress as the Homs evacua(...)

A man holds a baby saved from under rubble after what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad in Masaken, Hanano, in Aleppo yesterday. While talks on a Syrian peace deal continued in Geneva, violence on the ground escalated. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the US of using the Syrian peace talks to effect “regime chan(...)

Civilians wait to be allowed to leave a besieged area of Homs earlier this week. Photograph: Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

The hard-won humanitarian ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs - the sole success that occurred during the peace talks in Geneva - cannot be co(...)

US under secretary of state Wendy Sherman and UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrive for al meeting with Russia’s deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov in Geneva yesterday.  Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday met officials from the US and Russia, sponsors of the Syrian peac(...)