Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Saturday condemned the Islamic State attacks  in Paris but said the west’s ‘flawed’ policies in Syria, especially those of France, were partly to blame. Photographs: Getty

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Saturday condemned Friday’s deadly attacks by Islamic State in Paris but said the West’s “flawed” policies in Syri(...)

Extending British air strikes into Syria is off the political agenda after an influential Commons  cross-party committee warned against  such a move. Photograph: PA

The prospect of a British House of Commons vote on extending British air strikes into Syria is off the political agenda after an influential, cross-pa(...)

Talks with 17 nations at the Hotel Imperial on in Vienna, Austria on Friday . Photograph: Joe Klamar/Getty

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said multi-lateral talks on Friday on the Syrian crisis had failed to reach agreement over the fate of preside(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad entering a hall during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinyn/Ria Novosti/Pool

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s priority is to defeat “terrorists” before holding elections, but he is ready to call parliamentary and presidential(...)

EU Council president Donald Tusk (left) and European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker give a press briefing at the end of an EU Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, late 15th October 2015. Photograph: Olivier Hsolet/EPA 1:43

EU leaders have agreed to ease visa restrictions for Turkish citizens and accelerate EU’s accession negotiations as part of a joint plan with Ankara a(...)

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian talks at a Nato defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 8th, 2015. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

France launched a new air strike overnight in Syria against an Islamic State training camp and further strikes will follow, defence minister Jean-Y(...)

A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia’s defence ministry on Monday shows air strikes carried  in Syria. Photograph: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Reuters

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu has claimed that Russia is using warships in the Caspian Sea to target Islamic State in Syria. Mr Shoigu told (...)

A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia’s Defence Ministry on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Russian jets hit Islamic State targets and other rebel groups in Syria on Saturday, on a fourth day of air strikes by Moscow in support of president (...)

US president Barack Obama meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Mexico, in 2012. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Through the summer of 2015, Vladimir Putin has played a bold and unexpected diplomatic hand, taking Moscow from being frozen out over Ukraine to a pow(...)

Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the presidential council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 1st, 2015. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/AFP/Getty Images 1:23

Russian air strikes in Syria are targeting a list of well-known militant organisations, not only Islamic State, the Kremlin said on Thursday. M(...)