Photos of Lt Col Oleg Peshkov (left) and Marine Alexander Pozynich are placed at a monument outside Russian Army General Staff headquarters in Moscow. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP

Russia has threatened economic retaliation against Turkey and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of it(...)

A still image  from video footage  shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border. Photograph: EPA

In the blue sky above northern Syria, a dark shape moved. It was a Russian SU-24 attack aircraft. Over the past week, Russian jets based at the Khmeim(...)

A Syrian Turkmen brigade deputy commander holds handles believed to be parts of a parachute from  the downed Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border. Photograph: Reuters

Senior Russian politicians warned Turkey to expect economic retaliation after it shot down a Russian jet fighter over its border with Syria, amid in(...)

Two men pay their repects before laying flowers at a rail cordon close to the Bataclan theatre in the 11th district of Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The abhorrent terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night have shocked the European Union, and left leaders grappling to respond to one of the worst(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with delegates from a number of powers in Vienna for talks on resolving the Syrian conflict. Photograph: US Department of State/EPA.

The US is to send special forces to Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria in a significant shift in Washington’s policy in the 4½-year Syrian c(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir and Turkish foreign minister Feridun Sinirlioglu before a meeting at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: AFP

Washington stuck to its demand on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leave power, ahead of peace talks which will include Mr Assad’s main (...)

Iranians walk past a banner showing a portrait of  soldiers killed by Islamic State militants during a mission in  Aleppo in Syria. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iran will be invited to participate in talks in Vienna on Friday to discuss ending the conflict in Syria and establishing a framework for political tr(...)

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(...)

An Islamic State loyalist in the terror group’s de factor capital, Raqqa, in Syria, in June 2014. Photograph: Reuters

The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria, aiming to put pressure on Raqqa, the terr(...)

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

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