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Syrian opposition leader Ahmed Jarba answers questions during a news conference in Geneva on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi met Syrian government and opposition delegations separately in Geneva yesterday to lay the groundwork for talks on how to (...)

Children hold placards depicting young victims of the Syrian conflict, as they take part in a demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens on April 6th, 2013 in solidarity to Syrian refugees who fled the conflict in the country. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Fadi can count himself lucky, many times over. A young Syrian who fled his native country after deserting the Syrian army, he has had more than his sh(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon beside UN Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi after yesterday’s “Geneva II” talks in Montreux. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Ill-tempered exchanges dominated the Syrian peace conference convened yesterday in the Swiss resort of Montreux. While Syrian foreign minister (...)

Organised by the Crossroads Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation based in Hong Kong, Refugee Run is designed to make participants look beyond the abstraction of data, such as the two million Syrians displaced from their war-torn homeland.

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg may be the world’s newest billionaire, but she will mark the occasion fighting for food and scrabbling in dirt with(...)

President of the French far-right Front National party Marine Le Pen (left) is kissed by a woman in Brachay in northeastern France. Photograph: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

The jihadists who leave France to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria symbolise an Islamist “fifth column” within France, perhaps the most po(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks during a press conference in the context of the Geneva II peace talks, in Montreux, Switzerland, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Salvatore di Nolfi

Syria’s opposing sides met yesterday for the first time since unrest erupted in March 2011 during the Arab Spring. However, the shimmering silver surf(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks with Saudi Arabian foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal as UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon looks on, as long-delayed peace talks on the Syrian civil war opened in Montreux, Switzerland, today. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/New York Times

Syria’s government and opposition, meeting for the first time, vented their mutual hostility today but a UN mediator said the enemies may be ready to (...)

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president,  leaves a session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum  in Davos, Switzerland, today.  Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said today it was possible to turn more than three decades of enmity with the US into friendship if both sides made a(...)

Swiss police secure the area of the Montreux Palace hotel where the “Geneva II” international conference will take place today. Photograph:  Jamal Saidi/Reuters

US president Barack Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin, sponsors of the Syrian peace conference convening in the Swiss city of Montreux tod(...)

Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi: “Nuclear weapons are against our Islamic teachings.” Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

The use of nuclear weapons is unthinkable under Islamic teaching and the current arrangement with the United States and other powers could have been c(...)

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