US secretary of state John Kerry speaks with Saudi Arabian foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal as UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon looks on, as long-delayed peace talks on the Syrian civil war opened in Montreux, Switzerland, today. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/New York Times

Syria’s government and opposition, meeting for the first time, vented their mutual hostility today but a UN mediator said the enemies may be ready to (...)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem: “How can some countries, hit by the same terrorism we are suffering now in Syria, claim to fight terrorism in all parts of the world while supporting it in my country?” Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

The Syrian government has accused the Obama administration and other unspecified western countries of supporting terrorist groups inside Syria and of (...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the United Nations Security Council after it unanimously voted in favor of a resolution eradicating Syria’s chemical arsenal during a Security Council meeting at the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Russia wants to revive plans for a conference on ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction now that Syria has pledged to abandon its chem(...)

Residents collect their belongings from the damage and debris left of their homes after what activists said was an air attack from forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in Bab Neirab, Aleppo today. Photograph: Hamid Khatib/The Irish Times

Syrian state media have accused insurgents of killing 123 people, the majority of them civilians, during a rebel offensive this week to take the north(...)