Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad is flanked by police officers after the second round of talks between Syrian government and opposition at UN HQ in Geneva. Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

The Syrian government and opposition delegations participating in UN-brokered talks aimed at ending the country’s civil war are unevenly matched. Whil(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: remains hopeful Syria would meet its obligations

US secretary of state John Kerry has warned that Syria will face consequences if it fails to live up to a commitment to destroy its chemical weapons (...)

Syrian opposition chief negotiator Hadi al-Bahra (right) walks with members of his delegation after a break in a meeting at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, yesterday. Peace talks between Syria’s government and opposition groups might be the headline act, but negotiators are also using ongoing talks in Geneva to try to get the country’s various rebel groups on the same page. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

The Syrian government has offered to let women and children leave the besieged city of Homs as negotiators from the warring sides discussed humanitari(...)

Activists and residents try to extinguish a fire which activists said was caused by an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in the Al-Maysar neighborhood of Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Saad Abobrahim/Reuters.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has said he has no intention of giving up power and that the issue is not up for discussion. Dr Assad reportedly told(...)