Damaged buildings are pictured at night in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

A UN-sponsored deal to evacuate more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters and other militants from rebel-held parts of south Damascus in Syria has been d(...)

Syrian rebel fighters leave the last opposition-held district of al-Waer in the city of Homs under a deal with the Syrian regime. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Rebels are leaving their last stronghold in the Syrian city of Homs in a truce that gives president Bashar al-Assad control of what was known as the (...)

 UK chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: he claimed Western nations are seeing ‘the price of not getting involved’ in Syria

David Cameron was calm, polite and conciliatory in the House of Commons but his purpose could not have been more deadly: to persuade MPs to a(...)

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

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 (...)