Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma (R) cast their votes in the country’s presidential elections at a polling station in Damascus today. Dr Assad is expected to record a landslide victory in the election, described by local rivals and international critics as a charade. Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters.

Waving photos of their leader and dancing with flags, tens of thousands of Syrians pledged renewed allegiance to president Bashar al-Assad today as th(...)

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(...)

President Bashar al-Assad said Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons. Photograph: Reuters

Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, president Bashar al-Assad told Italian television station RaiNews24 today.“We joined th(...)

The UN resolution is intended to require Syria to comply with the US-Russia accord reached in Geneva last week, which set a timetable for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to declare, secure and then eliminate his entire arsenal of chemical weapons. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Syria has submitted details of its chemical weapons to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, the organisation said(...)

A Syrian child refugee cries as he stands at a queue waiting to receive aid from Turkish humanitarian agencies at Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Syria near the Turkish border. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Israel and the US conducted joint tests of their missile operations in the Mediterranean Sea today. The tests, which were detected by Russian r(...)

Abu al-Taib, the leader of Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion, demonstrates to female members as he holds a gun during a military training in a mosque in the Seif El Dawla neighbourhood in Aleppo on Monday. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

An opposition monitoring group that has tracked Syria’s widening civil war said today that more than 100,000 people had died in the 27-month confli(...)

Lebanese Army soldiers patrol near the site of the army checkpoint where three Lebanese soldiers were killed near the town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers at an army checkpoint today before fleeing towards the Syrian border, Lebanese officials said. Photograph: Ahmad Shalha/Reuters

Disputes between Russia and the West over arming warring sides in Syria today dimmed prospects for peace talks that were also clouded by disarray amon(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore (R) looks on as Turkey’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses a joint news conference in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

There will be no supply of arms to Syria by European Union member states in the short term, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore ha(...)