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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(...)

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

The United Nations has welcomed reports that an agreement has reached to allow the evacuation of civilians from the besieged Syrian city of Homs and f(...)

The Italian navy has rescued more than 1,100 migrants from nine large rafts in the waters south of Sicily. Photograph: Marina Militare/Reuters/Handout via Reuters

Nine people drowned today as they, and some 200 other African migrants, tried to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from neighbouring Morocco, the S(...)

Children after what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad are pictured in Aleppo. Both sides of the conflict have been accused of committing human rights violations against children. Photograph: Ahmad Othman/Reuters

UN investigators have accused Syria’s warring sides of committing grave human rights violations against children. Their report estimates 10,000 childr(...)

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