Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty Images

US President Barack Obama spoke with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday in their first direct contact in four months as the United States (...)

Beyond inhumanity

Syria’s civil war has produced so many horrors and atrocities over the past four years that each new outrage struggles to gain the attention of a crue(...)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad  gives an interview to the BBC  in Damascus on Tuesday. Mr Assad said in an interview that Damascus receives “information” about air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria. Photograph: AFP

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said third parties including Iraq were conveying information to Damascus about the US-led campaign of air strikes aga(...)

People work in a field near Aleppo in Syria. Some 6.5 million Syrians could require emergency rations, the World Food Programme has warned. Photograph: Nour Kelze/Reuters

The World Food Programme has warned that war-torn Syria is facing a drought that could threaten the lives of (...)

US president Barack Obama walks between meetings on Syria with US Senate Republicans and Democrats, on Capitol Hill in Washington today. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Syria accepted a Russian proposal yesterday to give up chemical weapons and win a reprieve from US military strikes but serious differences emerged(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Foreign Secretary William Hague speaks during a press conference at the the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on Monday. Photograph: Getty

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad will never negotiate a political solution if he believes he can use chemical weapons “with impunity”, US secretary of(...)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes US President Barack Obama before the first working session of the G20 Summit in Constantine Palace in Strelna near St Petersburg, today. Photograph: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power declared this evening that the US has has given up trying to work with the UN Security Council on S(...)

A UN chemical weapons expert (right) gathers evidence at one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya yesterday.  Photograph: Ahmad Alshami/Reuters

UN experts yesterday visited the besieged western Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya, allegedly targeted with chemical weapons last week, and began taking (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (centre) attending a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem yesterday. Mr Netanyahu said yesterday chemical weapons use in Syria could not be tolerated. Photograph: Dan Balilty/Reuters

Demand for gas masks soared in Israel yesterday amid fears that Syria or its regional allies, such as Hizbullah in Lebanon, may target Israel in respo(...)

Us secretary of state John Kerry  is greeted by Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal upon arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/Reuters

The Syrian information minister has lashed out at Saudi Arabia, saying Riyadh is responsible for his country’s conflict. Omran al-Zoubi says Sa(...)