Soldiers loyal to the Syrian regime gesture while on their military vehicle in the village of Debaa near Qusayr. Photograph: Rami Bleible/Reuters

The Syrian army yesterday capitalised on its capture of the strategic town of Qusayr from rebel forces by seizing control of neighbouring villages. M(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (left) gestures as Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov tries to fix his translation equipment during a joint news conference after their meeting in Moscow yesterday. Russia and the United States have agreed to try to arrange an international conference this month on ending the civil war in Syria, and said both sides in the conflict should take part. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/Reuters

Russia and the United States agreed to bury their differences over Syria and to try to convene international talks with both sides in the civil(...)

A United Nations armoured car drives through a gate at a UN base near the Kuneitra border crossing between Israel and Syria, in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights yesterday. Syrian rebels said they were holding a group of Filipino UN peacekeepers on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after clashes in the area had put them in danger. Photograph: Reuters/Baz Ratner

Syrian rebels claimed yesterday to be holding four Filipino UN peacekeepers on the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan (...)

 A cloud rises from an explosion  near the Syrian village of Al’ Rafide at the border with Israel in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Turkey today criticised Israel for launching air strikes on  targets near the Lebanon/Syria border. Photograph:  Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan today condemned Israeli air strikes on targets near Damascus, saying they were an opportunity for Syrian(...)