United Nations mediator Lakhdar Brahimi gives a press conference after negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

United Nations mediator Lakhdar Brahimi is set to hold trilateral discussions on Thursday with Russian deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov (...)

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 leader Ahmed Jarba answers questions during a news conference in Geneva on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi met Syrian government and opposition delegations separately in Geneva yesterday to lay the groundwork for talks on how to (...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon beside UN Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi after yesterday’s “Geneva II” talks in Montreux. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Ill-tempered exchanges dominated the Syrian peace conference convened yesterday in the Swiss resort of Montreux. While Syrian foreign minister (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks during a press conference in the context of the Geneva II peace talks, in Montreux, Switzerland, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Salvatore di Nolfi

Syria’s opposing sides met yesterday for the first time since unrest erupted in March 2011 during the Arab Spring. However, the shimmering silver surf(...)

Swiss police secure the area of the Montreux Palace hotel where the “Geneva II” international conference will take place today. Photograph:  Jamal Saidi/Reuters

US president Barack Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin, sponsors of the Syrian peace conference convening in the Swiss city of Montreux tod(...)

Syrian rebel fighters hold their weapons as they walk along a street in Aleppo’s Salaheddine neighbourhood today. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Representatives of Syrian opposition groups meeting in Spain today failed to reach a common position on who would attend a US-Russian sponsored peace (...)

A UN vehicle transporting a team of United Nations experts charged with starting the process of verifying and eliminating chemical weapons arrives at a hotel in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Reuters.

Twenty chemical weapons experts arrived in Damascus yesterday on a mission to identify and destroy Syria’s stockpiles of weapons and chemical agents b(...)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus yesterday. He said his country had defences that would “suprise” its antagonists. Photograph: AP

Western envoys have told opposition Syrian National Coalition leaders in Istanbul to expect strikes on Damascus within days, as Syrian foreign ministe(...)