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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will report back to the council in 30 days on the implementation of the resolution. Photograph: David Goldman/Getty Images

The UN Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution to boost humanitarian access in Syria that threatens to take “further steps” in (...)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report last month that Syria has enough equipment to transfer the chemicals out of the country. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Syria has submitted a new 100-day plan for the removal of its chemical weapons after failing to meet a February 5th deadline, but the internat(...)

An Aer Corps helicopter lands to extract an injured soldier during an excercise in which 129 Defence Forces soldiers from the 44 Infantry Group entered the final phase of intense training in preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force, (UNDOF) based in the Golan Heights region of Syria. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

The situation in Syria facing a new deployment of Irish troops travelling there in coming weeks is volatile and can worsen at any time and wit(...)

Civil defence members carry a wounded woman as a Lebanese Army soldier secures the area at the site of an explosion in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Photograph: Mahmoud Kheir/Reuters

Two suicide bombers targeted the Iranian cultural centre in Beirut today, killing four people and themselves in an attack claimed by Sunni militant(...)

Louise Arbour,  head of the International Crisis Group: “You cannot enforce a no-fly zone without taking down the air defence system.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The deadlock in Syrian peace talks may yet prompt a revival of demands for a western military intervention in the conflict, a former UN High Co(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry arrives for a news conference with Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa (left) at the Pancasila building in Jakarta today. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Pool/Reuters.

US secretary of state John Kerry has issued a statement blaming the Syrian government for the deadlock in peace talks but asserted that the Uni(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters throw stones towards forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi

Britain and France have blamed Damascus for the deadlock in the Syrian peace talks after the second round ended with no progress as the Homs evacua(...)

Louay Safi, spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, addresses the media after a meeting at the Geneva Conference on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva today. Photograph: Reuters

Syria has added opposition delegates at peace talks in Geneva to a “terrorist list” and seized their assets, including the house of one of the(...)

Boys play soccer along a damaged street in Deir al-Zor in  eastern Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

More than 140,000 people, over 7,000 of them children, have been killed in Syria’s uprising-turned-civil war, the Syrian Observatory for Human (...)

A man holds a baby saved from under rubble after what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad in Masaken, Hanano, in Aleppo yesterday. While talks on a Syrian peace deal continued in Geneva, violence on the ground escalated. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the US of using the Syrian peace talks to effect “regime chan(...)

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