A billboard depicting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is seen in the old city of Homs. Steady advances by insurgents on key fronts in Syria mean president Bashar al-Assad is under more military pressure than at any point in the four-year-old war. The arabic on the billboard reads ‘Together, we will build it’. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syria’s defence minister has visited government army units to the east of Homs city, state television reported on Thursday, in what appeared to be the(...)

Flames rise from damaged cars where bombs exploded on a commercial street in Homs province. Photograph: AP Photo/SANA

The road to Homs from Damascus takes two hours to travel. The route runs between urban battlefields and unscathed countryside. On the ou(...)

US under secretary of state Wendy Sherman and UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrive for al meeting with Russia’s deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov in Geneva yesterday.  Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday met officials from the US and Russia, sponsors of the Syrian peac(...)

Civilians carry an elderly man, with a serious  health condition, on a stretcher towards a meeting point to be evacuated from a besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian activists and officials said mortars were fired early today in the besieged Old Homs district in violation of a ceasefire that is intended to (...)

A man walks along a street lined with damaged buildings in the besieged area of Homs. Photograph: Yazan Homsy/Reuters.

Syria began evacuating civilians from a besieged area of Homs today while Russia announced that Syria’s warring parties had agreed a three-day ceasef(...)