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(...)

An ethnic Armenian soldier near Nagorno-Karabakh’s town of Martuni: two soldiers were killed by Azeri mortar fire today, separatist officials said. Photograph: Reuters

Deadly skirmishes have continued around the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, despite a ceasefire between Azeri and Armenian forces and Ru(...)

A serviceman of the self-defence army of Nagorno-Karabakh in the village of Talish. Photograph: Reuters

Russia is taking the leading role in moves to calm the flashpoint Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh where a ceasefire between Azeri and ethnic-Arme(...)

Ceasefire agreed in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region after three days of heavy fighting claimed dozens of lives. Photograph: Vahan Stepanyan/AFP/Getty Images

Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh agreed to a ceasefire on Tuesday, after three days of heavy fighting (...)

A house  damaged during clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces in the   Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is controlled by separatist Armenians, in a still image taken from video footage. Photograph: Nagorno-Karabakh Military Handout/Reuters TV

A new wave of fighting broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Saturday, killing dozens and drawing international calls for an immediate ceasefire(...)

A Russian pilot receives a hero’s welcome on returning from Syria: the state-dominated media is leaving no doubt that Putin’s   campaign has been an unmitigated triumph. Photograph: Olga Balashova/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service/AP

Hours before Vladimir Putin ordered his forces to begin withdrawing from Syria on Monday, the Kremlin-backed Rossiya 1 television network was extollin(...)

Russian president  Putin  with his  minister of foreign affairs Sergey Lavrov  in the Kremlin, Moscow. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday shocked unsuspecting UN diplomats and teams of negotiators launching the Syrian peace talks in Geneva by an(...)

A boy stands near a hole in the ground after a shell fell in the rebel-held town of Jarjanaz, southern Idlib countryside. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

A total of 135 people were killed in the first week of a partial truce in Syria in areas covered by the deal, a monitoring group said on Saturday, hi(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has pledged to do “whatever is necessary” to carry out the ceasefire and the “complicated” process of negotiating peace. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/Kremlin.

Russian warplanes pounded insurgent-held areas across Syria yesterday ahead of the midnight cessation of hostilities agreed by the Syrian government (...)

A man mourns as the bodies of his son and grandchildren, reportedly killed in an air strike, are placed in an ambulance in the rebel-held city of Douma, Syria, on Friday. Photograph:  Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images

Heavy air strikes were reported to have hit rebel-held areas near Damascus as fighting raged across much of western Syria on Friday, hours before a U(...)