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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad:  issue of stepping down will not be discussed at peace conference. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was yesterday quoted as telling Russian parliamentarians he has no intention of stepping down and the issue will not (...)

Activists and residents try to extinguish a fire which activists said was caused by an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in the Al-Maysar neighborhood of Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Saad Abobrahim/Reuters.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has said he has no intention of giving up power and that the issue is not up for discussion. Dr Assad reportedly told(...)

People search for survivors amid damage caused by what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad in the Al-Sakhour neighbourhood of Aleppo today. Photograph:Ahmad Othman/Reuters

The main, western-backed Syrian opposition group has voted in favour of attending next week’s peace conference aimed at ending the country’s bloody ci(...)

Far-right party: Golden Dawn supporters holding Greek flags during a rally outside a courthouse in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Some European countries are coping better than others with the influx of non-EU citizens. Sweden in particular has been lauded for its immigration sys(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter, with an amputated leg, walks with a crutch in Daraya, near Damascus January 15, 2014. Picture taken January 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Hussam Zeen (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem said today he had handed Russia plans for a ceasefire with rebel forces in Syria’s biggest city, Aleppo, and (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rides a bicycle with his weapon at the Tameko pharmaceutical factory, after the FSA claimed to have taken control of the factory, in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Yaseen Abelall/Reuters

The intelligence services of some Western countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have visited Damascus to discuss security cooperation (...)

French president François Hollande takes a question from a journalist at the Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

President François Hollande was slightly more specific about his economic plans than about his private life at his press conference yesterday. (...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad (front 2nd left) attends a religious ceremony on the occasion the Prophet Muhamad’s birthday at al-Hamd mosque in Damascus on January 12th, 2014. Photograph: Sana/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov discussed the possibility of ceasefires in parts of Syria, Mr Kerry said today (...)

Masked Sunni gunmen take up position in Fallujah city, western Iraq. The Iraqi army has started a large-scale campaign to expel militants linked to al-Qaeda from an area in the volatile western province of Anbar. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Jalil
Baghdad bomb attack kills 9

A car bomb exploded outside a bus terminal in central Baghdad today, killing at least nine people and wounding 16, police and medics said.No group im(...)

Syrian rebel fighters hold their weapons as they walk along a street in Aleppo’s Salaheddine neighbourhood today. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Representatives of Syrian opposition groups meeting in Spain today failed to reach a common position on who would attend a US-Russian sponsored peace (...)

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