Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and wife Asma after casting their votes in Damascus, Syria: Voting was extended until midnight, but is unlikely to produce any surprises in the 250-seat assembly or challenge the dominance of the Baath party. Photograph: Sana/Reuters

Syrian peace talks resumed in Geneva yesterday, while residents living in government- held areas went to the polls in parliamentary elections dismiss(...)

 A Syrian boy walks past the collapsed minaret of a mosque in the rebel-held city of Douma, outside Damascus, on Thursday.  The mosque was targeted one day earlier by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Badra

France has become the first major western power to directly accuse the Syrian government of violating the country’s ceasefire, saying air strikes thi(...)

Syrian soldiers inside the historical city of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: EPA.

The Syrian forces that recaptured the historic city of Palmyra from Islamic State have encountered dozens of mines that the expelled militants laid a(...)

France’s defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives at the Hotel Matignon offices to attend a meeting with ministers and members of parliament in Paris September yesterday. France aims to build a coalition of countries to back military action against the Syrian government in response to a chemical weapons attack in Damascus, France’s prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said yesterday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French government sought to bolster the case for military action against Syria last night, releasing a declassified summary of French intelligence(...)