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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(...)

Civilians wait to be allowed to leave a besieged area of Homs earlier this week. Photograph: Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

The hard-won humanitarian ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs - the sole success that occurred during the peace talks in Geneva - cannot be co(...)

US under secretary of state Wendy Sherman and UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrive for al meeting with Russia’s deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov in Geneva yesterday.  Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday met officials from the US and Russia, sponsors of the Syrian peac(...)

The second round of Syrian peace talks has opened in Geneva against the background of a precarious, repeatedly broken, ceasefire to allow agenc(...)

 French president Francois Hollande  and US president Barack Obama  both smile during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US president Barack Obama likened his country’s relations with Britain and France to his love for his two daughters saying that he couldn’t cho(...)

The French flag flies along with the US flag and the flag of the District of Columbia in front of the White House in Washington ahead of the state visit of  French president François Hollande . Photograph: Reuters

US president Barack Obama is known to dislike ceremony and protocol. In five years, he has held only six state dinners at the White House, a fraction (...)

Civilians carry their belongings as they walk towards a meeting point to be evacuated from a besieged area of Homs. Photograph: Yazan Homsy/Reuters

A second round of Syria peace talks got off to a shaky start today, with the two sides complaining about violations of a local ceasefire and an Islami(...)

UN members talk with Sheikh Abu Harith al-Khalidi (right), who is in charge of negotiations for civilians inside the besieged area of Homs yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters

Six hundred people left the besieged ruins of rebel-held central Homs today, escaping more than a year of hunger and deprivation caused by one of the (...)

Civilians carry an elderly man, with a serious  health condition, on a stretcher towards a meeting point to be evacuated from a besieged area of Homs yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Syrian activists and officials said mortars were fired early today in the besieged Old Homs district in violation of a ceasefire that is intended to (...)

A man walks along a street lined with damaged buildings in the besieged area of Homs. Photograph: Yazan Homsy/Reuters.

Syria began evacuating civilians from a besieged area of Homs today while Russia announced that Syria’s warring parties had agreed a three-day ceasef(...)

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