Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulances evacuate fighters and civilians from the two besieged Shia towns of al-Foua and Kefraya in the mainly rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib. Photograph: Reuters

Buses evacuated several hundred fighters and civilians from two besieged areas in Syria on Monday under a deal between warring parties backed by the U(...)

Gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas and the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organisation has told the (...)

Members of the Bin Ti Mohammed family, Syrian refugees who fled Aleppo, at their home in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photograph: EPA/Sedat Suna

The air at Tarboush restaurant in Istanbul is thick with Syrian Arabic. Every day, dozens of families and couples displaced by the war come for a s(...)

A Free Syrian Army trainer addresses  fighters as he conducts a demonstration on how to use anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons at a training camp in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Syria, yesterday. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria’s three-year civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ha(...)

Cypriot foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides (C) stands with Danish chemical warfare officers onboard the “Esbern Snare”, a Danish frigate which is one of the military escorts to cargo vessels extracting chemical weapons from Syria. Photograph: Reuters.

Russia stepped up its defence of Damascus today in a dispute with the West over delays in the elimination of Syria’s chemical arsenal, saying preside(...)

Activists and residents try to extinguish a fire which activists said was caused by an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in the Al-Maysar neighborhood of Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Saad Abobrahim/Reuters.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has said he has no intention of giving up power and that the issue is not up for discussion. Dr Assad reportedly told(...)

People run at a site hit yesterday by what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Mohamed Abdullah/Reuters

Chemical weapons were likely used in five out of seven attacks investigated by UN experts in Syria, where a two-year civil war has killed more than 10(...)

US president Barack Obama speaks about Syria while meeting with Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington today. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

USpresident Barack Obama said tonight a UN security council draft resolution brokered by the United States and Russia that would demand Syria give up (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry said today there is “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the Syrian government used poison gas against its citizen(...)

By declaring last year that Dr Bashar al-Assad would cross a “red line” that could trigger a US response if he used chemical weapons, US president Barack  Obama ensured that foreign foes and allies - as well as his Republican political rivals - would view any failure to respond as a sign of presidential weakness. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Most Americans want no part of a US military intervention in Syria, but there is a growing sense in Washington that President Barack Obama would face (...)