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A Syrian man walks past a poster bearing a portrait of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on a street in the capital Damascus.   Opponents of Mr Assad expect the government to ignore the planned truce starting on Saturday. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Russian warplanes bombed Syrian rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria and government forces pounded a suburb of the capital on Thursday, ahead of a (...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state John Kerry  in Munich. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

The Munich agreement reached early on Friday by 17 countries belonging to the Syria support group specified that immediate humanitarian access is to b(...)

Syrians fleeing the battle for control of Aleppo walk towards the Turkish border at the Bab al-Salam border gate, on February 5th. The districts held by anti-governmetn forces  in Aleppo are a prize they dare not lose. Photograph: Depo Photos via AP

When the battle for Syria’s largest city and commercial hub, Aleppo, began in July 2012, the provincial governor appealed for troops to counter rebel (...)

Displaced women, who fled the violence from Islamic State-controlled area of al-Bab, look at the faces of baby twins as they waited in the Syrian village of Akda to cross into Turkey on Saturday. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Syrian pro-government forces recaptured the rebel-held town of Rabiya in the western coastal province of Latakia on Sunday, Syrian state television a(...)

Photos of Lt Col Oleg Peshkov (left) and Marine Alexander Pozynich are placed at a monument outside Russian Army General Staff headquarters in Moscow. Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP

Russia has threatened economic retaliation against Turkey and said it was still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of it(...)

Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by the forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Old Aleppo’s Kadi Askar area, Syria, August 1st, 2015. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State militants battled rival insurgent groups on Wednesday north of the city of Aleppo, where officials say the Syrian army is preparing an o(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu Russian president Vladimir Putin   at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia: Israel and Russia have a “common interest in ensuring stability” in Syria, Mr Netanyahu said at the meeting.  Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/Pool/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu disagreed over the threat to Israel’s security from Syria as they began(...)

 Syrians gather at the site of a car bombing after a rare attack on the port city of Latakia. Photograph: AP

At least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb exploded in the Syrian city of Latakia yesterday, state television said, in a rare a(...)

A rebel fighter rides a motorbike along a road in Qarmeed camp, as smoke rises in the background after Islamist rebel fighters took control of the area from forces of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad . Photograph: Abdalghne Karoof/Reuters

Islamist rebels and the Syrian army fought fierce battles in Latakia province overnight close to president Bashar al-Assad’s ancestral home, the army (...)

A rebel fighter from the Islamic Front in a church in the Armenian Christian town of Kessab. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

Direct Turkish military involvement in the invasion by fundamentalist insurgents of the Armenian village of Kessab in the far north of Syria ha(...)

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